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Province wants N.L. kids to be more physically active


The provincial government is pressing for increased physical activity amongst school-age children, with Premier Paul Davis dropping by Paradise Elementary to promote the idea and highlight a $500,000 commitment by the provincial government to the cause in Budget 2015.

The press conference this morning, buffered on either end by gym play, allowed Davis to announce another $400,000 over three years, being committed by Canadian Tire, for additional equipment for in-school activities.

ParticipACTION, School sports Newfoundland and Labrador and the English school district had representatives on hand, collectively committing to expanding in-school programs and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

“Habits start early. We form habits very early in life that we keep our entire lives and the longer you go, the harder they are to change,” Davis said.

“So the message and the program is about activity inside the school and outside, and having activity built into the day-to-day lives of students.”

The money will be spent on equipment — everything from pylons to soccer balls — and teacher training.

“But it’s also how schools develop their own programming in school and how they have to build activity, even into regular learning,” Davis said, offering the example of kids getting the chance to stand up from their desks now and again to increase blood flow.

“That’s an important way to begin the process of reprogramming ourselves to be more physically active,” said Jeff Thompson, associate director of the English School District, who applauded the funding as a means of supplementing the physical education already offered in K-12 schools.

“We’re proud to help the next generation of Newfoundland and Labrador kids experience the power of sport,” said Landon French, vice-president of community relations for Canadian Tire.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

The press conference this morning, buffered on either end by gym play, allowed Davis to announce another $400,000 over three years, being committed by Canadian Tire, for additional equipment for in-school activities.

ParticipACTION, School sports Newfoundland and Labrador and the English school district had representatives on hand, collectively committing to expanding in-school programs and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

“Habits start early. We form habits very early in life that we keep our entire lives and the longer you go, the harder they are to change,” Davis said.

“So the message and the program is about activity inside the school and outside, and having activity built into the day-to-day lives of students.”

The money will be spent on equipment — everything from pylons to soccer balls — and teacher training.

“But it’s also how schools develop their own programming in school and how they have to build activity, even into regular learning,” Davis said, offering the example of kids getting the chance to stand up from their desks now and again to increase blood flow.

“That’s an important way to begin the process of reprogramming ourselves to be more physically active,” said Jeff Thompson, associate director of the English School District, who applauded the funding as a means of supplementing the physical education already offered in K-12 schools.

“We’re proud to help the next generation of Newfoundland and Labrador kids experience the power of sport,” said Landon French, vice-president of community relations for Canadian Tire.

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Premier Paul Davis offered high fives and fist bumps to students at Paradise Elementary this morning, before a formal speech on new funding for in-school activity programs. The funding includes a $500,000 budgetary commitment from the province, plus a new $400,000 commitment over three years from Canadian Tire.

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