Physical Activity

Physical activity is an important part of student health and well-being. Being active for at least 60 minutes every day by engaging in moderate to vigorous activities can help students improve their health, self-esteem and confidence, emotional regulation, sleep, academic achievement and more. Physical activities beyond sports can include everyday activities like biking, walking and wheeling around the home, school and community.

The following resources can be used by teachers in the classroom to support  school initiatives. For questions about physical activity resources and health initiatives at your school, call Client and Community Support at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7006 or email

School Events & Challenges

At My Best Play Day is a day dedicated to fun and games and celebrating healthy, active lifestyles. Free resources and a chance for a grant opportunity are available. 

At My Best Challenge involves schools and/or classes completing in fun 10-minute challenges every week to encourage learning about health and well-being. Themes include healthy eating, emotional well-being, and physical activity. For Grades K-6.   

School Programs

Jays Care Affiliate School Program helps create a level playing field for all children and youth across Canada. Schools are provided with a specialized equipment kit, Blue Jays t-shirts and hats for students, a program manual, and support from Jays Care Foundation. Explore available programs on the website.

Raise the Bar-Intramural Program supports educators and students to deliver a quality, inclusive, and sustainable intramural program in their school.

Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Try Day offers Try Day Grants to engage and introduce students to a new or non-traditional sport or physical activity at your school. For Grades 9-12.

Recommended Websites

24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth provides recommended guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children aged 5-17 years.

Active for Life provides activities and lesson plans to help children develop physical literacy. For Grades K-7.

Ontario Active School Travel offers active transportation resources on safety, walking and cycling including lesson plans, activity cards, videos and more.   

Ophea provides lesson plans, ideas for action and professional learning for educators.

PlaySport is an activity-based resource to help children and youth become more physically active, and provide them with the skills and knowledge to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

PHE Canada provides a variety of grants and funding opportunities for schools in Canada.