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Healthy Playground Activity Leaders in School (Healthy P.A.L.S.)

Check out this Healthy P.A.L.S. promotion video to be shared with school administrators, teachers and parents.

What is Healthy P.A.L.S?

Healthy P.A.L.S. is a peer-led playground leadership program that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, age, or ability.

How can Healthy P.A.L.S. make a difference at your school?

The Healthy P.A.L.S. program will benefit your students by:

  • Increasing their physical activity
  • Decreasing conflict and reducing playground bullying
  • Providing leadership opportunities and building Developmental Assets® for students (Developmental Assets® enhance student skills, experiences, relationships and behaviours to enable young people to develop into healthy individuals).

What supports do you need to implement the program?

  • 1-2 school staff to support student leaders and supervise the program
  • Students in Grades 4 - 6 to act as playground activity leaders for younger students at recess.

What about Healthy P.A.L.S. resources?

The materials make it easy to implement the program. There are guidebooks for staff and students, a Games Book, training resources, scheduling templates, application forms, information letter, permission forms, and training certificates. Materials are available from your Healthy Schools public health nurse.

What equipment do you need?

Minimal equipment is required to get started. Skipping ropes, an assortment of soft balls, marbles, jacks, stones, whistles and bags or bins to store the equipment.

What are schools saying about the program?

"Research underlines the importance of exercise and student engagement as important factors for student well-being. The Healthy P.A.L.S. program directly supports these components. It encourages active play and anti-bullying messages, while student-leaders grow in confidence, taking pride in their job within the school community. Healthy P.A.L.S. encourages a busy, peaceful playground where students have fun and learn from each other." – K. Van Dewark, Principal

If your school is interested in Healthy P.A.L.S., please contact your Healthy Schools public health nurse.

Healthy P.A.L.S. has been adapted and reproduced with permission of Public Health, Region of Peel.


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