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Nine schools received national awards for physical education

Congratulations to nine elementary and secondary schools which received national awards in recognition of their physical education programs.

Specifically, the awards are for the schools’ “Quality Physical Education.” QPE is a physical education program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students. Ideally, the program is offered on a daily basis throughout the entire school year. The awards are from Physical and Health Education Canada, the national organization for physical and health educators whose vision is to ensure all children and youth live healthy, physically active lives.

The following schools are 2011 award recipients:

According to Ian Boyd, Health & Physical Education Coordinator,"There is strong research that physical activity is linked to academic performance. Moderate to vigorous physical activity helps to wake up the brain and make it ready for learning."

Jennifer Ronan, a public health nurse at the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, added, “These award-winning schools are great role models for physical education. Quality physical education gives children and youth a chance to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be physically active every day. It prepares the students to lead healthy, active lives. We need to value physical education just as we do language and math.”

The winning schools will be receiving a letter of congratulations from the local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Richard Schabas.

For information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1 800 267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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