Local educators and leadership students to promote screen-free recesses
Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / April 24, 2018 – Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward in partnership with the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association Ontario (CIRA Ontario) recently held three active recess workshops open to educators and students from local elementary schools. The first two workshops were held on March 6 at the Loyalist College Sports Dome in Belleville and the third was held on March 21 at Centre Hastings Secondary School in Madoc.
A total of 121 students and 30 educators attended the workshops and came from North Hastings, Centre Hastings, South-East Hastings, Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County.
The active recess workshops were interactive and gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the importance of screen-free recesses, learn new recess games and make an action plan to promote screen-free recesses on their own playground.
The active recess workshops are a part of the Power Off and Play! theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Power Off and Play! is all about building a balanced day for children that is not filled with screen time. With all the new technology options and devices, limiting the time that kids spend looking at screens has never been harder. Encouraging active and fun alternatives is critical for their physical health and well-being.
Power Off and Play! promotes powering off before sleep, during meal and snack times, and encourages physical activity, social interaction, and fun and educational activity choices for children.
Upcoming local programs and activities planned by Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward will help families and organizations who work with children find ways to reduce children’s screen time. Some of these activities include:
- Working with local elementary schools to encourage active and screen-free recess breaks.
- Sponsoring community screen-free events.
- Conducting an assessment of local healthy play environments.
- Working with child care providers to promote active play in young children.
For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please visit www.healthykidsHPE.ca.
“We want to thank all of the educators and leadership students who participated in the active recess workshops. We hope the students enjoy putting the workshop into practice by teaching the recess games to their peers and by promoting active recess at their own schools”
—Emily Bray, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Local Project Manager
- The Province-Wide Healthy Kids Community Challenge Initiative
- HKCC in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties
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Media Contact:Emily Bray Healthy Kids Community Challenge Local Project Manager Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Phone: 613-966-5500, ext. 371 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org