Living in Aurora for almost a decade, Kasie along with her husband Brad and three active boys (ages 10, 11 and 12) stay active by going to the gym and participating in a mix of competitive sports. On any given day, you may see them playing hockey, curling, baseball or golf!
What kids of physical activity do you and your family enjoy together?
We enjoy family hikes along Aurora's trail system, swimming in our pool, road-hockey, baseball at the local diamonds and many daily walks with our dog, Brady — a two-year-old Labradoodle.
What is your favourite outdoor Fall activity?
We definitely love walking the trails and enjoying the fresh air and fall colours.
What kinds of things do you think adults can do at home with their kids to encourage healthy behaviours? Do you have any tips that work well for you?
My kids are huge eaters and their behaviour and mood is definitely impacted by what they eat. I try to buy organic produce whenever possible and enjoy cooking fresh from-scratch meals over convenience. My boys, despite their young age, all cook their own breakfasts and lunches and know how to use the gas stove and oven (scrambled eggs, oatmeal, toast). Of course being kids, they try to sneak treats in when I'm not looking, but overall, I avoid buying juices, pre-packaged cookies and instead make my own granola and encourage them to read labels.
If you could see any big changes happen in the Town of Aurora or in your kids' schools that would make a healthier environment, what would they be?
My major pet peeve is community centres fostering an environment of sport and athleticism while selling candy, processed foods, slushies, artificial flavour and colours, high-fructose corn-syrup convenience
foods — that really are not foods at all. These items are in strict contrast with the purpose of the facilities — to foster healthy habits through exercise and sport. I would love to see Aurora lead the way in Ontario and even Canada but offering REAL foods, real options and real fuel to parents and kids.