Local health board wants daily Phys Ed to return to schools
Simcoe-Muskoka’s Board of Health wants to see daily health and physical education return to the Province’s schools. The board recently endorsed a proposal that will be going to the Ministry of Education. Public Health Nurse Brittney Hillier says increasing daily opportunities for physical literacy at school amounts to “an early investment in physical activity later in life. Less than 10 per cent of Canadian children are meeting the recommended daily physical activity levels they need for health benefits. According to the Health Unit Board, between 15 and 39 per cent of severe chronic diseases in Canada are a result of a lack of proper physical activity, which costs the economy an estimated $6.8 billion.