Ontario's school communities getting active and healthy thanks to $650,000 OTF grant



    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Today, educators, public health professionals
and recreation providers from Living Schools across Ontario will gather to
celebrate active, healthy school communities thanks to a generous grant from
the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Helen Burstyn, Chair of the Ontario Trillium
Foundation's Board of Directors will join in congratulating Ophea and the
Living School representatives at the Provincial Living School Forum.
    "This grant is an investment in our kids, our schools and entire
communities across Ontario," said Elio Antunes, Executive Director, Ophea.
"Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ophea has been able to empower
school communities to find real solutions for improving the health and
well-being of their children and youth."
    Living School is a community-driven initiative that brings all partners
in a school community together - from parents, educators and public health to
recreation organizations and local businesses - to support and enhance active,
healthy living for all children and youth. There are currently 34 Living
Schools across Ontario.
    "Our community values our living school as a source of education for the
children and their families about leading a balanced and active life," said
Marlene Warne, Principal at West Oak Public School in Oakville. "Our parents
tell us that their children are changing the habits of the family because of
the experiences they have each day around being active, eating well and
nurturing their social and emotional well-being."

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture,
receives funds from the government's charity casino initiative. The Foundation
allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in
the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and
recreation sectors. For more information, please visit
www.trilliumfoundation.org.

    Living School was developed by Ophea in partnership with its provincial
partners. Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) is a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Ontario school communities
through advocacy, quality programs and services and partnership building.
Ophea is committed to working in partnership with government and
non-government organizations to foster active, healthy living in Ontario
school communities. Ophea is led by the vision that all kids will value,
participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to active, healthy living.
Visit Ophea online at www.Ophea.net.





For further information:

For further information: Shannon Boyd, Ophea, Tel: (416) 426-7297, Cell
(Day of Event): (416) 528-5494, Email: shannon@ophea.org

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