We are please to share the following from our Healthy Schools Committee in our board:
Walking or Cycling to School
As we start the 2018-2019 school year, we would like to remind and encourage families to consider walking or cycling with children to and from school. There are many benefits to walking and cycling to school. It:
- Improves student academic performance by making children more alert and better prepared to learn.
- Contributes to the daily goal of 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity for children, improving their health and overall fitness.
- Reduces traffic congestion and improves safety for everyone in school zones.
- Promotes life-long habits that foster independence and active lifestyles, preparing children for their future.
For those who can’t walk or cycle to school every day, choosing active travel once, twice or a few days a week can still provide benefits. You can also consider parking a block away from the school and walking the rest of the way. Include active travel as part of your daily routine!
York Region has shared the following information for our community
Win a prize by taking our spring Active Play survey!
Kids and active play
How does the change in seasons affect how kids play? Do you live in York Region and have a child age 5 to 12 years of age? Or do you work at an elementary school in York Region? Tell us how children play in warmer weather by completing this brief survey and you could win a prize.
Thank you to everyone who already filled out our winter active play survey! With over 700 responses, the survey taught us a lot about how kids play in the winter. For example, the weather kept many children indoors, both at home and at school.
Whether its winter, spring, or any other time of year, children need several hours of active play each day.
Outdoor active play can include such things as:
- Playing hopscotch, tag or soccer
- Making mud pies or sandcastles
- Climbing a tree or building a tree fort
- Riding a bike, scooter or skateboard
How can parents encourage active play?
- Balance scheduled activities with free play time
- Encourage children to play in natural outdoor spaces, and in a variety of weather conditions
- Allow children to take risks so they can have fun while learning to identify and manage risks in all areas of their lives
How can schools encourage active play?
- Regularly embrace the outdoors for learning, socialization and physical activity in various weather conditions
- Choose natural elements for the school yard over pre-fabricated playgrounds and paved areas
- Examine existing policies and reconsider those that pose a barrier to active outdoor play
For more information on physical activity and active play, visit:
As a follow up to the communication sent home earlier in the fall, York Region Public Health will conduct dental screening for JK/SK and grade 2 students next Wednesday December 7, 2016.