The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. Active children are more likely to:
- Feel better about themselves and their physical ability (and cope better with stress).
- Do better in math, reading and memorization.
- Be more creative and ready to learn.
Children who have participated in physical education during the school day are also more likely to be active in their leisure time and develop lifelong habits of physical activity that supports a healthy lifestyle as an adult.
GYPSD supports this recommendation by following the Alberta Education Daily Physical Activity Initiative which outlines that all students in grades 1-9 be physically active for at least 30 minutes/day during instructional time. We also encourage physical wellness in all our schools through offering physical education classes up to grade 12, participation in a diverse number of athletic teams and clubs. The division supports physical activities in all subject areas throughout the school day at all grade levels.
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