Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
October 29, 2014

Supporting Active Living and Wellness for Youth

Participation Nation Unplugged Provides After-School Recreational Options

The Provincial Government is investing $300,000 in an after-school physical activity program, Participation Nation Unplugged, which is designed to provide school-aged children with recreational options that promote an active lifestyle and overall wellness. The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development, made the announcement today, in partnership with School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador, at St. Matthew’s School in St. John’s.

“Research shows that young people throughout Canada are not getting enough daily physical activity. As Minister of the newly-established Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development, I recognize the need to encourage youth to get out from behind their various electronic devices – get unplugged, so to speak – and embrace a more active lifestyle. With the support of our partners within government, the community and, most importantly, parents, I believe we can encourage young people to develop active, healthy lifestyles and habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.”
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development

Participation Nation Unplugged is a School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador program which is designed to increase the levels of physical activity and provide alternatives to the competitive school sports programs in the after school time period. The Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation and MHA for St. John’s West, was also on hand for the announcement.

“I am delighted that St. Matthew’s School has been selected to continue its after-school physical activity program with the new Participation Nation Unplugged initiative. Parents, children and indeed the entire school community will undoubtedly be pleased with the planned expansion as everyone recognizes the importance of living healthier lives.”
- The Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation and MHA for St. John’s West

The Provincial Government’s further investment in the program comes about as the result of the After School Physical Activity Pilot Initiative, which was implemented at 25 sites from 2011-14. The results of the pilot indicated it had a positive impact on increasing opportunities for students to participate in after-school physical activities which focused on being inclusive, fun and non-competitive. As such, the 25 pilot sites will be invited to become part of the Participation Nation Unplugged program, and existing programs will have the opportunity to expand their activities from one to two days a week.

“For the past 10 years, School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador has provided quality recreational sport programs in our schools through the Participation Nation program. We are proud to be able to make a difference in the physical activity levels and health of the students. We look forward to being able to offer these programs to even more schools throughout the province.”
- Mike Ball, President, School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador

For more information on the Participation Nation program visit: www.schoolsportsnl.ca/participation-nation/pn-unplugged.aspx

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government is investing $300,000 in an after-school physical activity program, Participation Nation Unplugged, designed to provide school-aged children with recreational options that promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development, made the announcement today, in partnership with School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador, at St. Matthew’s School in St. John’s.
  • The Participation Nation Unplugged program provides non-competitive physical activity alternatives for children in the after school time period.
  • For more information on the Participation Nation Unplugged program, visit: www.schoolsportsnl.ca/participation-nation/ .

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Photo:

The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development (Centre), announced $300,000 in an after-school physical activity program, Participation Nation Unplugged, this morning at St. Matthew’s School in St. John’s. The minister was joined by Kryan Dwyer, Principal (left), the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Environment and Conservation and MHA for St. John’s West (right), along with the school’s grade six students – October 29, 2014.


Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca
Laurie Bonia
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Dan Crummell
MHA for St. John’s West
709-729-5869
lauriebonia@gov.nl.ca
Karen Richard
Executive Director
School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-2795, 690-0238
Karen@sportnl.ca

2014 10 29                                        10:30 a.m.