The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Students encouraged to use the Grade 5 Action Pass this summer

WHITBY, ON June 12, 2014 - With summer almost here, now is a great opportunity for local Grade 5 students to use or obtain the Grade 5 Action Pass for a season full of fun activities. The Grade 5 Action pass provides all Grade 5 students in Durham with free, unlimited access to public swimming and some drop-in programs until August 31. Students can use their pass at all participating municipal recreation centres, Durham Family YMCA and Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Campus Ice Centre.

“Children need at least 60-minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as swimming or basketball each day to achieve health benefits,” explained Elizabeth Cullen Keidann, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department.  “However, results released in 2011 from the Canadian Health Measures Survey show that 93 per cent of Canadian children are not meeting this recommendation.

“Participating in the Grade 5 Action Pass program gives children an opportunity to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. The program is designed to help children throughout Durham maintain a healthy and active lifestyle by making it easier for them to build physical activity into each and every day.”

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, Durham Family YMCA and Durham College/UOIT Campus Ice Centre.

To obtain the pass, students can visit their local municipal recreation centre or Durham Family YMCA with proof of address and date of birth. Students registering in the Townships of Uxbridge and Scugog must also bring a current one inch by one and a half inch size photo to obtain their pass. Current Grade 5 students in the Township of Brock received their Action Pass at school.

For more information about the Grade 5 Action Pass, 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