Healthy Schools

Physical Activity

Being physically active can help children and youth reach their full potential. Aside from many health benefits, students who are physically active are well prepared to learn. Schools and school communities need to work together to ensure that all children and youth have opportunities to be active throughout the day.

Resources for physical activity

See ideas and resources below that support physical activity:

  • Ask students for their opinions on ways to get students and staff more active at school.
  • Support students to assess their school’s physical activity policies and environments by using the Joint Consortium for School Health’s Healthy School Planner.
  • Assist students to make positive changes to their school physical activity environments by applying for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification program.
  • Have students identify free/low cost physical activity opportunities around the school and where they live including parks, trails, and recreation facilities.


  • Engage parents and caregivers and encourage them to get involved in school physical activity by providing them information and opportunities at parent council meetings, newsletters, school website, or parent engagement nights. 
  • Check out the City of Hamilton’s recreation courses, lessons or drop-in’s and learn about their Recreation Assistance Program.
  • Visit the Ontario Active School Travel website to read about creating a culture of walking and active school travel options.
  • Find out if your school is eligible for YMCA Y on Wheels. This program provides free health, fitness and recreation programs and services to eligible schools.
  • Contact a Physical Activity Specialist or Public Health Nurse by emailing [email protected] for help and advice on physical activity in schools.

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