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Challenging Students To Make Their Schools Healthier

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Challenging Students To Make Their Schools Healthier

McGuinty Government Promotes Healthy, Active Living For Students

Ministry of Education

Ontario students are being challenged to take part in the Healthy Schools Recognition Program and make their schools healthier.

Now in its fourth year, the recognition program encourages schools to pledge to do something healthy, such as:

  •  Offering a healthy menu alternative for the school lunch program
  • Establishing a daily running or walking club
  • Inviting health professionals to speak with students about fitness and teen health.

The deadline for submissions is April 8, 2010. Participating schools will receive a certificate and pennant to display in their school. 

Quick Facts

  • Over the last four years, more than 2,200 schools have pledged to do more than 8,800 healthy activities through the program.
  • Research shows that a healthy school environment enhances learning and success in school, and provides academic, social, emotional and physical benefits.
  • Ontario's After-School Initiative also promotes good nutrition and positive activity among children and youth in some of Ontario's high-needs neighbourhoods.

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“Students who eat healthy and stay active have more energy to learn, leading to improved student achievement and well-being. The Healthy Schools Recognition Program is a fun challenge for students to get involved and help bring healthier living to their schools.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“School environments that include programs and policies that promote health give students the encouragement they need to live healthy, active lives. The Healthy Schools Recognition Program is just one of many ways we are promoting healthy and active living in Ontario.”

Margarett Best

Minister of Health Promotion

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