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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
April 3, 2012

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation:

Young People Get More Physically Active in the After School Hours

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today to highlight the Provincial Government’s after school physical activity pilot initiative introduced this past December.

We are guided by the recreation and sport strategy, Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador as we provide young people in Grades 4 to 9 with opportunities to be more active after school. Twenty-five school-community partnerships throughout the province are participating.

Mr. Speaker, physical activity is an important component of health and wellness. Research has shown that the after school hours are a sedentary time for many young people.

Our two-year pilot initiative helps offset barriers to participating in after school physical activity programs, such as transportation and cost, and is inclusive for all student populations.

I am pleased that we are hearing lots of positive feedback on our initiative! For example, in my district New World Island Academy and the New World Island Regional Recreation Committee are offering students a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including orienteering, skiing, basketball, and softball.

On the west coast of the island, Hampden Academy and the Dove Memorial Recreation Committee have students participating in skating, skiing, hockey and bowling.

And here in St. John’s, Holy Cross Junior High, along with their partner the Froude Avenue Community Centre, has provided students the opportunity to participate in swimming, ball hockey, and Zumba fitness.

These are only a few examples of the great community partnerships that have been forged through this exciting project. I commend all partners for their commitment as they work together to encourage young people in this province to be more active and aware of the importance of leading active, healthy lifestyles.

2012 04 03             1:50 p.m.

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