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Physical Activity Resources for Secondary Educators

Research shows that in addition to physical health benefits, daily physical activity improves concentration academic achievement. Schools are an ideal place to promote health by creating daily opportunities to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. School-based physical activity initiatives can reach every student regardless of age, ability, gender, culture and socio-economic background. Both structured and unstructured physical activity is important and can be obtained through classes, sports, intramurals, dance, as well as through play time and walking or biking for transportation.
  • School Travel Planning – School Travel Planning is a comprehensive process designed to increase physical activity of students by encouraging active forms of transportation for their school journey. Active School Travel engages school boards, school staff, parents, and students, as well as municipal staff, public health, community groups, and police. Stakeholders undertake an assessment of barriers and enablers to active school travel and use this knowledge to develop and implement school action plans. Public health staff are available to work with school communities to support each step in the STP process. Take a look at our STP flyer and contact us for support.
  • Outdoor naturalized areas - Public health staff are available to work with school communities to plan and implement school ground greening initiatives.
  • Visit Healthstats for current statistics on physical activity across Simcoe and Muskoka.
  • Raise the Bar – For educators involved in intramural/house league programs in Ontario. Raise the Bar provides easy to use resources with a focus on inclusion and effective student leadership models.

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