Physical Activity at School


Schools are in a unique position to help students accumulate at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  A growing body of evidence indicates that physical activity in childhood is essential for a healthy brain and leads to improved:

  • Thinking and learning
  • Attention and focus
  • Problem-solving
  • Memory
  • Growth of brain tissue
  • Emotional regulation and self-control
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Coping with depressive symptoms
  • Self-esteem and self-worth


We can help you improve your school environment to support students learn better and promote active living for live!

School Resources

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines encourages kids to Sweat, Step, Sleep, and Sit each day

Daily Physical Activity Policy:  The Ministry of Education ensures that elementary students have a minimum of 20 minutes of DPA during instructional time.

Find DPA activities for your classroom with CIRA or OPHEA’s Brain Blitz or One a Day for Active Play.

OPHEA’s Teaching Tools: Lesson plans supplements and activities for teaching healthy active living

OPHEA’s Safety Guidelines represents the minimum requirements for safety standards for school-based physical activity

Lending library: The Health Unit lends out resources to schools such as playground stencil lending or pedometer kits to “walk across Canada”.

Schoolyards Count! A school yard makes a difference to student’s health and learning.

School Travel Planning is a process to support school communities improve active travel to/from school. 

Ontario Road Safety Curriculum JK to grade 12 lesson plans and teaching aids for your class. 

Physical Literacy is a journey upon which children develop the knowledge, skills and attitude that helps them to participant in a variety of activities in different environments.

Physical literacy online learning modules through Sport for Life Campus or PHE Canada

Recess, Intramurals , the outdoor classroom, and active hallways are all important parts of school culture that offers everyone a chance to learn through play.

Learn about other ways to improve your school environment. 

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