Hundreds Of Schools In Over 40 Boards Are Getting Healthier

    Deadline To Accept The Healthy Schools Challenge Is April 15

    TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - Hundreds of schools in well over half of all
Ontario boards have already accepted the McGuinty government's Healthy Schools
Challenge, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne and Health Promotion Minister Jim
Watson announced today.
    "We challenged all schools in the province to commit to doing at least
one more thing to make their students and schools healthier this year," said
Wynne. "The response so far has been great, and I've been pleased to hear
about all of the exciting efforts to make our schools healthier places to
    The government issued the challenge in December 2006 as part of its new
Healthy Schools Recognition Program. Hundreds of schools in Ontario have now
pledged to develop a healthy activity or program. Students, teachers,
principals, parents and community partners are all involved in the effort.
    For example, elementary students at a school in Cornwall are
participating in a new Healthy Breakfast Club, while an elementary school in
Windsor now enjoys a lunch-hour fitness program. In addition, students at a
secondary school in Orillia founded "Students Helping Students" to raise funds
to purchase healthy lunches for fellow students in need.
    "We wanted this challenge to be simple, achievable and in the best
interests of healthy young minds and bodies," said Watson. "We're getting the
response we hoped for and we're looking forward to recognizing all of the
schools involved."
    The deadline for making a pledge and accepting the challenge is April 15,
2007, but all Ontario schools are encouraged to participate as soon as
possible and be recognized for their efforts.
    To accept the challenge a school must identify at least one healthy
activity or program to do, complete the Healthy Schools Challenge Acceptance
Form and then send it to its school board. For more information - including
tools, tips and a list of schools that have already accepted the challenge -
please visit
    "Students, teachers and the broader community all benefit when children
learn in a healthy school," said Wynne. "The response to the Healthy Schools
Challenge represents another way we are getting that message across to our
kids and the people who care about them."

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For further information:

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

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