Oct. 21, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The school pedometer challenge program, intended to help students become more active, was launched today at École des Bâtisseurs in Fredericton. Students there were joined by Premier Shawn Graham; Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert; and Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"Pedometers are a fun way to encourage people to increase their activity levels," said Graham. "In The Charter for Change, our government committed itself to implementing a province-wide school pedometer initiative. This is the first step towards fulfilling that promise, and helping our students be more active, and ultimately be well."
The program follows a successful pilot project implemented in five New Brunswick schools in 2008. This project showed encouraging increases in students activity; most pupils said the pilot increased their interest in physical activity. While the pilot proved particularly effective at encouraging less active students to do more exercise, it appealed to children in all fitness levels. Even families of students and school staff participated.
"Using pedometers in schools has successfully encouraged students, especially those who do less exercise, to become more active, so I am pleased to announce that this program is being extended," said Albert. "Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise, and pedometers can make it more fun for kids. Good habits started early can help children maintain a healthy lifestyle through their adult lives."
In total, 48 schools will participate in the program in 2008-09. Each school will be given pedometers and support material to use in many ways, all designed to increase physical activities in schools and the communities.
"One of the goals of the education plan, When Kids Come First, is to help our schools be healthy and safe," said Lamrock. "Today's initiative looks to address the wellness of our students using the pedometer to set physical activity goals."
Individuals may find information on the program at http://www.gnb.ca/0131/index-e.asp.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Attached is a list of all the participating schools. MEDIA CONTACT: Vicky Deschênes, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.
École des Bâtisseurs
Hillcrest School (pilot school)
Frank L. Bowser School
Dorchester Consolidated School
Lower Coverdale School
Lewisville Middle School
École Cité des Jeunes-A.-M.-Sormany
École Le Tournesol
École Mgr. Melanson
École Place des Jeunes
Lakefield Elementary School
Macdonald Consolidated School
Quispamsis Elementary School
Sussex Corner Elementary School
Island View School
St. John the Baptist/King Edward School
École L'Escale des Jeunes
École La Source (pilot school)
Milltown Elementary School
Blacks Harbour School
École Carrefour Beausoleil
École Grande-Digue (pilot school)
Andover Elementary School
Nackawic High School
Florenceville Middle School
Parkwood Heights Elementary School
Bathurst High School
Tide Head School
Eleanor W. Graham Middle School (pilot school)
North and South Esk Elementary School
Millerton Elementary and Junior High School
Hubbard Avenue Elementary School
Chipman Elementary School
Leo Hayes High School (pilot school)
Upper Miramichi Elementary School
McAdam Avenue Elementary School
Montgomery Street School
Garden Creek School
Devon Middle School