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Provincial Organization
Manitoba Physical Education Teachers’ Association (MPETA)

View the current MB  PE/HE Curriculum

Health and Physical Education Curriculum focus

  • Movement
  • fitness management
  • safety
  • personal and social management
  • healthy lifestyle practices.

For balanced programming in physical education, students should receive instruction in the following five physical activity categories:

  • Individual/Dual Sports/Games
  • Team/Group Sports/Games
  • Alternative Pursuits
  • Rhythmic/Gymnastic Activities
  • Fitness Activities

 For balanced programming in health education, healthy decision-making is emphasized related to the following strands or topics:

  • Safety of Self and Others
  • Personal Development
  • Social Development
  • Mental-Emotional Development
  • Personal Health Practices
  • Active Living
  • Nutrition
  • Substance Use and Abuse Prevention
  • Human Sexuality

Allocated Physical Education/Health Education Time

  • Kindergarten (1/2 day): 11% instructional time, 99 minutes/6-day cycle (74 PE minutes & 25 HE minutes/6-day cycle)
  • Grade 1-6: 11% instructional time, 198 minutes/6-day cycle (150 PE minutes & 48 HE minutes/6-day cycle)
  • Grade 7-8: 9% instructional time, 178 minutes/6-day cycle (130 PE minutes & 42 minutes HE minutes/6-day cycle)
  • Grade 9-12: 4 credits – one per year, 110 hours/credit (55 PE minutes & 55 minutes HE minutes)

* Allocated time does not necessarily represent actual Physical Education time provided.

Health and Physical Education Consultants

The province of Manitoba has three Physical Education/Health Education Consultants in place: one for French, and two for English (Kindergarten – Grade 8, and Grade 9-12). In September 2009, there will only be 1 English Consultant for all grades.


Physical Education vs. Physical Activity

Several years ago, Manitoba distributed a position paper that advocates physical education, reinforced by physical activity time, not replaced with it. This position paper has been adopted by the MPETA, MPESA (Manitoba Physical Education Supervisors Association), and PACM (Physical Activity Coalition of Manitoba) and Sport Manitoba. The paper recommends at least 150 minutes per week of quality physical education in all schools that is taught by qualified physical education teachers.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

In August 2004, Premier Gary Doer announced the creation of an all-party task force called Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, to ask Manitobans how to help children and young people enjoy the best possible health now and into their adult lives.
The Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Task Force examined issues of nutrition, physical activity and injury prevention, and identified priorities, initiatives and actions that can be implemented over the short-, medium- and long-term to provide support for healthy environments.

On June 20th, 2005, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Task Force released the final report. The following outlines one of many recommendations: The task force recommends that the government mandate physical education/health education from Kindergarten to Senior 4. Implementation will vary according to grade to provide maximum flexibility to involve parents, students and schools in the promotion of physical activity for children and youth.
Click to read the Health Kids, Healthy Futures final report.

Healthy Schools

The Healthy Schools initiative in Manitoba promotes the health and wellness of students, their families, school staff, and school communities. This initiative is a partnership between Manitoba Health/Healthy Living, Manitoba Education, Citizenship, and Youth, and Healthy Child Manitoba (which is a partnership of all departments connected to children). Good health is important for learning. Schools are in a unique position to influence healthy child, youth, and family development, thus Healthy Schools focuses on six important health issues in the school community:

The principles of comprehensive school health were drawn upon, understanding that the needs, issues, and concerns of students, families, and schools differ from community to community. Five key elements make up the Healthy Schools model:

  • Access to health and social supports
  • Integrated teaching strategies
  • Healthy physical and social environments
  • Community partnerships
  • Healthy lifestyle choices

The first step in the project was to develop a Healthy Schools Framework. The framework was based on information and advice gathered during a provincial consultation held in December 2002. The Healthy Schools framework guides educators, health professionals, parent councils and others as they work towards comprehensive school health in their communities. Click for the Healthy Schools Booklet

Healthy Schools in motion

There are over 500 Manitoba schools currently registered as a Healthy Schools in motion.
It is easy to register and download a wealth of resources at:

To become a Healthy School in motion all students must be provided an opportunity to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week, which can include walking to school, lunch-time activities, physical education, physical activity breaks, physical activity programs, intramurals, and special events.  By registering your school, you are making the commitment to work towards this goal.  In order to assist schools in meeting this goal, Healthy Schools in motion will send schools upon registering:

  • A Resource Manual to get schools started
  • An Activity Bin full of equipment
  • The Weight of the World DVD
  • The in motion Snacktivities (K-8)
  • An Energy Blast DVD (K-6)
  • The NEW Getting "in motion" at School resource

Updated: June 2, 2009