September 1, 2019
Kingston, ON – Kingston Gets Active is excited to launch another year of the Grade 5 and 9 ActivPass. Starting on September 23, 2019 through August 31, 2020, the ActivPass will provide grade 5 and 9 students FREE access to many recreation facilities at designated times! This initiative is made possible by many community partners and local facilities.
Canada’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth reveals an overall physical activity grade of D+ as only 35% of 5- to 17-year-olds accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day on average. To help students become more physically active, Kingston Gets Active in partnership with the surrounding communities (Loyalist Township, Town of Greater Napanee, Township of Central Frontenac, City of Kingston, Township of South Frontenac, Township of Stone Mills), is encouraging an active lifestyle through the ActivPass program.
Research suggests that physical activity begins to decrease in children as early as age nine, which is why the initiative targets grade five students. Similarly, grade 9 is the last grade in which students have mandatory physical education in their curriculum. By encouraging the adoption of regular physical activity outside of the school environment, it is hoped that the youth will continue to pursue active endeavors beyond grade nine. Physical activity benefits the growth and development of children and youth. Physically active children and youth are more likely to maintain a healthy body size and have lower risks of cardiovascular disease. Other benefits of physical activity include improvements in self-esteem, mood, behaviour, and academic performance.
Grade 5 and 9 students can use their ActivPass, provided to them at school or pick one up from KFL&A Public Health. Grade nine students can also simply use their student card. With this pass, students have free access to participating recreation centres for public swims, skates, or gym use. The YMCA of Eastern Ontario also offers access to group fitness classes in addition to public drop-in activities. Queens ARC will waive the gate fee when students are accompanied by a paying adult or current ARC member (some restrictions apply). For more information and to find the schedules of all participating facilities in one place, visit www.KingstonGetsActive.ca.
For more information, contact:
Kristin Cote, Coordinator, Kingston Gets Active