The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department resources help families stay active during March Break

WHITBY, ON,  February 26, 2013 - March Break is a great time for the whole family to go for a walk, lace up the skates or go for a swim and Durham Region Health Department has a number of resources to help you plan for a fun-filled, active week.

To help families include time for physical activities into March Break plans, the Health Department has a free physical activity family toolkit entitled Move and Play Everyday. This resource provides easy and enjoyable tips to help children be active, with suggestions that can be used by everyone in the family.

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults require a minimum of two and a half hours of activity each week, while children and youth require a minimum of one hour of moderate activity each day to achieve health benefits. This should include activities that make your heart beat faster and cause you to sweat a little.

“Being active as a family doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – all it takes is a little planning,” explained Mary June Peacock, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department. “Check in with the kids and make your activity a fun family.”

Local grade 5 students can also enjoy an active March Break by taking advantage of the Grade 5 Action pass. This pass allows grade 5 students to enjoy free and unlimited access to public swimming, public skating and some drop-in programs at any participating municipal recreation centre, Durham Family YMCA and Durham College/UOIT Campus Ice Centre until Aug. 31.

Students can obtain a pass by visiting their local municipal recreation centre or Durham Family YMCA, and providing proof of address and date of birth. Students registering in the Township of Uxbridge and Township of Scugog must also bring a current one inch by one and a half inch size photo to obtain their pass. Grade 5 students in Brock Township received their action pass at school last fall.

The Grade 5 Action Pass is supported by Durham Region Health Department, Town of Ajax, Township of Brock, Municipality of Clarington, City of Oshawa, City of Pickering, Township of Scugog, Township of Uxbridge, Town of Whitby, the Durham Family YMCA and Durham College/UOIT Campus Ice Centre.

For more information on obtaining a Grade 5 Action Pass or the free physical activity family toolkit, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Media Inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999