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Recess Revival Round Up!

Over the past six months, HKCC Danforth-East York has been visiting elementary schools over the lunch hour recess to encourage kids to be physically active!

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommends that kids ages 5-17 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. However, only 14% of kids ages 5-11 and only 5% of 12-17 year olds were active enough to meet this target!

Recess Revival works to change that! Administered by a team of Healthy Kids peer leaders, students learn about the daily health recommendations while engaging in fun activities. A team of Student Ambassadors from participating schools are identified and trained by the Peer Leaders to help lead activities for the younger grades. This helps develop leadership skills and ambassadors are encouraged to take responsibility for ensuring the equipment is well taken care of.

Recess Revival is inclusive, and fosters co-operative play and positive behaviour on the playground. Activities are focused on having fun, without keeping score on winning or losing. The overall goal is to be active & have fun!

Recess Revival is flexible to meet the needs of children with different abilities. When planning for programs, special consideration is given to accessibility in regards to equipment, skill complexity, rules of the game, space and distance at which the activity takes place.

Kits were provided to each school with equipment for the activities, like foam balls, skipping ropes and hula hoops. A series of activities were developed which can be customized to indoor or outdoor play.

As the school year comes to a close, and Recess Revival wraps up, we want to say a very special thank you to our enthusiastic lead teachers, student ambassadors and peer leaders who have made this program such a success! Throughout the past school year, we’ve spent time in 10 different schools across the east end, encouraging thousands of kids to be more active!

This post was originally published on Danforth-East York here