One way to stay fit and enjoy lifelong wellness is to keep active and participate in regular physical activity. Dr. David Yi, an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation in N.L. is working to improve access to physical activity, not only for persons with disabilities, but for everyone. Dr. Yi states that “quite often we know we should be inclusive, but in reality, we don’t know how to do that effectively.”
Although physical education (PE) may not be every students favourite period, there are proven benefits that fitness and team sports can improve overall health and mental wellness. The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. recently ran a live chat aimed at teachers to explore how to optimize PE class so students feel involved and motivated.
Physical activity is a must for the development of all children. It not only benefits the body physically, but it also increases concentration and leads to academic success. Accommodating every students’ needs can be a daunting task, but help is at hand from Ophea – the website dedicated to healthy schools and communities.
Ophea is a not-for-profit organization with a goal of educating children and youth of the lifelong benefits of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. The organization has been supporting schools and communities with programs and services for almost 100 years. Working in partnerships with local school boards, government agencies, public health and the private sector, Ophea has developed programs which support healthy schools and communities.