The start of a new year often places health and fitness at the top of everyone’s priority lists. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is beginning a challenge that is sure to inspire students, teachers and families to include exercise in their daily routines.
Students from 45 schools across the SCDSB are participating in the Pedometer Project – Learn to Move, Move to Learn. The initial goal is to collectively walk the entire perimeter of Simcoe County. The use of pedometers will be integrated into learning during the school day and classes are to submit their data to contribute to the overall goal.
“Our hope is that the students will be motivated to move more, to set their own goals, and to contribute their steps to our collective goal,” says Deborah Shackell, Innovation IRT – Healthy Active Living K-12. “Physical activity makes us feel good and enhances the ability to learn, which is why this initiative is so important,” she adds.
The data collection will put a special emphasis on math skills as well, according to Anita Simpson, Superintendent of Program and Innovation.
“Using data from the pedometers, students will make connections between movement and mathematics,” says Simpson. “They will use the data to analyze, interpret, calculate and predict how far they have come and where they can go, as part of a team. We’re challenging students to be active every day for a minimum of 20 minutes. We know Daily Physical Activity (DPA) improves physical and mental well-being as well as thinking and memory,” she adds.
The project kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 12 at W.H. Day Elementary School in Bradford with remarks and participation from:
- Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and MPP, Vaughan
- Peter Beacock, Chair, SCDSB
- Janice Medysky, Acting Director, SCDSB
- Anita Simpson, Superintendent of Program and Innovation, SCDSB
- Landon French, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
- Canadian Olympic boxing athlete, Mandy Bujold
Students started off learning how to use the pedometers and then got some new moves from the Olympian.
Over 21,000 students will be involved in increasing their daily physical activity through the Pedometer Project.
We look forward to providing updates on this exciting initiative and wish all students, classes and schools the best in reaching your goal. What a great way to get moving and to make math meaningful!