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News Release

Grade 5 Action Pass returns for 2015-16 school year

WHITBY, ON October 07, 2015 - The Grade 5 Action Pass is back for the 2015-16 school year, with the goal of getting grade 5 students up and active. The pass gives all grade 5 students in Durham Region access to free public swimming, public skating, and other programs such as soccer and squash throughout the school year, from September 2015 to August 2016.

According statistics from Durham Region Health Department, 70 per cent of area elementary school students are not getting the daily recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. In addition, ParticipACTION’s 2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth gives Canadian children a grade of D- in overall physical activity. The report shows that only 14 per cent of five to 11-year olds are getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day, with this number dropping to five per cent for children 12 to 17-years old.

“Grade 5 is a critical time to promote a commitment to physical activity throughout life,” said Aliya Desai, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “We find that as students reach higher grades, physical activity levels tend to drop-off. The Grade 5 Action Pass program supports grade 5 students to be active and enjoy free, fun physical activities every day.”

The pass can be used at participating municipal recreation centres, the Oshawa Mary St. YMCA, the Abilities Centre and Durham College/UOIT Campus Ice Centre. Students can obtain their pass by visiting local municipal recreation centres or the Oshawa Mary St. YMCA. Proof of address and date of birth must be provided. Students registering in the townships of Uxbridge and Scugog must also bring a current one by one and a half inch size photograph of themselves to obtain the pass. Students in Brock Township will receive their pass at school.

For more information about the Grade 5 Action Pass, please call Durham Health Connection at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit

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The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 or

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