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Healthy P.A.L.S.

Educators and schools are in a unique position to help students develop Living Skills; the assets they need to have a positive sense of self, form healthy relationships and become skilled in understanding information, solve problems and make responsible decisions. Running a playground physical activity program for students enables them to grow into caring and healthy adults.

The Healthy P.A.L.S. program has been developed to support schools to meet the Ontario Health & Physical Education 2015 curriculum with inclusive physical activity that is inclusive, promotes leadership and addresses bullying. It is designed to support the Living Skills component of the curriculum by incorporating Personal Skills (PS), Interpersonal Skills (IS), and Critical Creative Thinking (CT) into the activities.

Personal Skills (PS)

Activities are provided where students will recognize their individual strengths and capabilities. Students will learn and practice effective leadership and communication skills such as being assertive and caring. Personal assets are fostered through planning and leading activities that support positive peer relationships and healthy living.

Interpersonal Skills (IS)

Students will apply relationship and social skills as they participate in lesson plan activities and acquire knowledge and skills related to leadership, cooperation and communication to help them interact positively with others and build healthy relationships.

Critical and Creative Thinking (CT)

This activity gives students an opportunity to use a range of critical and creative thinking skills. It assists and encourages students to plan, set goals, problem solve, make decisions, and resolve conflict in positive ways.

To access this program and for more ways to offer an integrated approach to healthy living in your school, contact your Healthy Schools Public Health Nurse.

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