Bringing Play Back to Life
Physical Activity + Social Connection = Healthier Generations
At Vivo we believe the recipe for raising healthier generations doesn’t have to be complicated. When people are active and socially connected, their lives improve. Open-ended, spontaneous outdoor play is one of the most accessible, adaptable and inclusive ways of bringing those two ingredients to a community. The Vivo Play Project is a cornerstone of VIVO’s mission to help the community transform itself and continue to raise healthier generations.
Improving the behaviors that matter
The Vivo Play Project is a four-year initiative that aims to increase knowledge, understanding, value, and participation in outdoor, unstructured play. It’s unique because it is part public health research initiative & part Social Innovation lab. We call that intersection Social R&D. We are at the forefront of a new generation of government, industry, and not-for-profit labs that are working to develop new ways to tackle the grand challenges facing our communities. Vivo is a leader in the Canadian innovation ecosystem, sharing, and collaborating with others across the country.
Creating 10% positive shifts in…
Over 4 Years we will:
Co-create 6-8 play hubs in community,
Reach 11000 participants with play experiences
Follow 500 kids and families through research to understand how their lives change.
Build and validate a Community Social Impact Dashboard & Child/Family Health Dashboard.
Train 300 professional and volunteer Play ambassadors in a curriculum designed with participants.
We are coming to a park near you…
(Or Street, Field, Snow Pile, Mud Pit…)
How can you help?
Help us test new technology, wearable sensors and apps. We are currently recruiting 500 research participants. We need children & adults who want to understand their health & bring more play into their lives.
Are you, or do you want to become, a “human swiss army knife” that can work the heart of north-central Calgary to create change through spontaneous play?