East View Public School, Ontario- Sault Ste Marie

East View Public School is located in an urban setting with 79% of the student population from the Garden River Indian Reserve, and a large number of families living on social assistance and/or in single parent families.  A significant number of students do not have the financial capacity to participate in activities outside the school environment.

Of concern in the school community is the fact that diabetes has become a disabling disease with First Nations suffering at a rate of 3 to 5 times higher than the general population.  Principal Steve Bodnar had already recognized the school’s role in promoting healthy eating to support diabetes education at the school, with an extensive healthy eating campaign.

With assistance from GoodLife Kids Foundation, East View Public School is now setting up the next phase of this initiative – providing students with additional opportunities to be physically active at school.  GoodLife Kids Foundation has helped to set up a simple, friendly exercise studio where students in grades 5 to 8 can ride a stationary bike, stretch on an exercise ball and do some mild resistance training in a safe and non-judgmental setting.    The program provides the opportunity to develop student leaders in grade 8 to oversee the fitness circuit.  In addition the fitness studio initiative will be integrated into overall school programming including a morning workout, monthly assemblies, and student body group exercise classes.

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