Healthy Living: Step Up to the Plate

Organization Sponsor: Cape Breton University


Program Description

75 Grade 5 students came to Cape Breton University for a Fun and Fitness Day on Tuesday, April 25.
The day included four physical and wellness rotations (40 minutes each) focusing on Fitness, Varsity (with CBU athletes), Skating, and Outdoor Nature Trail (though this portion was cancelled due to weather conditions). The day started at 9:30 a.m. with the students arriving at the Canada Games Complex, greeted by CAPERS Men’s Basketball player Eric Breland. There was be a short welcome and the students were off to the rotations!

Students from Jubilee, Marion Bridge, Glace Bay Elementary and Robin Foote took part in the “Healthy Living: Step Up to the Plate” event. The day also included fitness day t-shirts, a healthy buffet lunch and guest speaker Mary Daly, Public Health Service’s Nutritionist based in the Sydney Public Health office. Daley was involved in the development of a strategy to promote healthy eating in Cape Breton.

CBC radio and The Post were also there to interview the children, making them feel very important!

Funding Sources: 

Cape Breton University,
Cape Breton District Health Authority,
Cape Breton Regional Municipality,
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board,
Seniors College,
Canada Games Complex Steering Committee,
Track and Field association of Cape Breton,

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The partners are hoping to meet again to plan more events like this one

Impact Of Program: 

Students were exposed to different sports and various known local athletes from around the region.

Evaluation Tools: 

The feedback from the children, parents and the teachers was fantastic.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The variety of sports available and the focus on fun. The kids left with huge smiles on their faces!

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Organizing the partnerships.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This was the first year for this event

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