What politicians need to do

Our children and youth are in a health crisis that stems from inactivity and unhealthy living. Our schools must step in to play a key role. Schools are the only institution that has the ability to reach every child, regardless of age, ability, gender, culture, or socio-economic background.

Politicians at the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal levels must become involved in ensuring that our present crises can be averted. Prevention is key. All children and youth must be provided with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them to be active now and into the future.

As a politician, here is how you can help:

  • Pay attention to the crisis that is affecting our children.
  • Understand the important role of schools in physically educating our children.
  • Promote the importance of quality physical education programs in all schools.
  • Mandate physical education as a core subject in school curricula.
  • Endorse the national standard of 150 minutes/week of quality physical education for all children and youth.
  • Provide sufficient budgets to enable a quality program that includes adequate resources, facilities, and qualified teaching.
  • Support the importance of hiring physical education specialists.
  • Hold schools accountable for failing to meet provincial requirements of mandated time and outcomes.
  • Mandate the Active, Healthy School community approach to ensure that the overall environment in which our children learn is safe, healthy, active and supportive.

As a politician, you have the power to influence positive changes. The health of our children is counting on your leadership.