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April 26, 2004

A new initiative is coming to life for the entire school community of Prince Charles Public School in Trenton. The school has been selected as one of nine pilot sites from across Ontario to participate in the Living School Pilot Project which runs from now until June 2005. As part of this pilot project, Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) will implement an action plan to support the planning and delivery of school community-based activities that promote physical activity, healthy eating and address the health concerns of the school community. The Living School Initiative has brought parents, school and community all together to create a Healthy Active School Community at Prince Charles Public School (Trenton).

“I am thrilled to hear that the Prince Charles (Trenton) school community has been selected as a Living School. You can feel the excitement when you talk to students, parents and staff about being selected. This initiative will have a positive impact on the learning environment of these students,” stated Judy Edgar, Chair of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

The rate of obesity in children and youth has increased by 50 percent in the last 15 years, and two-thirds of children and youth are not active enough to lay a solid foundation for health and well-being. A commitment to physical activity and healthy eating are key behaviours to instil in children and youth in order to prevent the onset of obesity, diabetes and other chronic disease

The Living School environment will encourage emotional well-being, healthy lifestyles and optimum nutrition. It is a place where people can nurture their bodies as well as their minds. A Living School is the centre of a healthy active school community.

“There is a strong connection between health and learning. Healthy students learn better because their basic needs are met, they attend school more regularly, they feel better about themselves and they get along better with their peers, teachers and parents,” said Cathy Portt, Principal of Prince Charles Public School (Trenton).

The Living School initiative is now underway throughout Ontario as a pilot project. Look for a local marketing campaign to highlight our local Living School and how it can benefit the school and greater community. Living Schools will bring together the entire communities—parents, staff, public health, sport and recreation organizations, community coalitions and local businesses.

Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school of 395 students located on Dufferin Avenue South in Trenton.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

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