Windsor-Essex Walks To School
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Children and youth need to be more active. In fact, research shows Canadian children are not active enough. Canada's Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2012, p., 15) gives a failing grade for physical activity. In fact, "only 7% of children and youth are meeting Canada's guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity a day."

For good health, and to meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, children should take part in activities that:

  • Work the heart and lungs (e.g., running, walking fast, playing soccer);
  • Build strong bones and muscles (e.g., climbing on playground equipment, shoveling snow, playing catch);
  • Increase flexibility (e.g., yoga, stretching, martial arts).

Walking to and from school, or at school, is a great way for children to build activity into their day. The purpose of this website is to provide parents with information on what they can do to get their children walking to and from school.

If you have any questions, please contact your Public Health Nurse at 519-258-2146 ext. 1555.

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