Challenging Students To Be Healthier

    McGuinty Government Helping Students Feel Better and Do Better in School

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ -


    Ontario students are being challenged to do one more thing to make their
school healthier as part of the Healthy Schools Recognition Program.
    Now in its third year, the program uses the link between a healthy
learning environment and student success to encourage kids to be more healthy
    -   Starting a daily breakfast club or running club
    -   Inviting health professionals, such as public health nurses, to speak
        with students about fitness, wellness and teen health
    -   Introducing a range of healthy activities such as yoga and dance.

    Schools can come up with a healthy living activity of their own, expand
on previous activities or participate in existing voluntary programs. This
could include using healthy recipes from Eating Well Looks Good on You, a
project designed to bring healthier food to school cafeterias using fresh,
locally grown food.
    Participating schools will receive a certificate and pennant to display
in their school.


    "Healthy students have more energy for learning - and eating healthy and
staying active are an important part of that. I challenge everyone to get
involved and help bring healthier food into their schools," said Education
Minister Kathleen Wynne.

    "By educating children and youth about health and wellness, we are
providing them with the building blocks to live healthy, active lives," said
Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best. "The Healthy Schools Recognition
Program is just one of many ways we are encouraging Ontarians to eat healthy
and be active."

    "Participating in the Healthy Schools Recognition Program helped everyone
at our school get more physically active. It also fostered more teamwork,
student engagement and pride in our school," said Carolyn Thomson, Holy Family
Catholic School principal.


    -   Over the last two years, more than 1,700 schools
        ( have
        pledged to undertake more than 4,600 healthy activities through the
        Healthy Schools Recognition Program.

    -   Schools participating in voluntary provincial programs under
        Ontario's Healthy Eating and Active Living Action Plan
        ( such as
        Active and Safe Routes to School and the Raise the Bar Program are
        also eligible for the Healthy Schools Recognition Program.


    Find out how you can help create a healthier learning environment
    ( at your

    Read some of the success stories
    ( from the
    last two years.

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For further information:

For further information: Ministry of Education, Michelle Despault,
Minister's Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications, (416)
325-2676; Public Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY
1-800-263-2892,; Ministry of Health Promotion, Lise
Jolicoeur, Minister's Office, (416) 326-8497; Julie Rosenberg, Communications,
(416) 326-4833,

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