Laurier, Ophea launch schoolyard study

Wilfrid Laurier University is partnering with Ontario’s healthy schools organization to investigate schoolyard quality and equity across the province.

The Schoolyards Count! project aims to have those who know their schoolyards best – whether teachers, student groups or parent councils – spend an hour assessing schoolyards using a validated audit tool available online or on paper.

Chris Markham, executive director of Ophea, says playgrounds and the built environment are an essential pillar of comprehensive school health.

Laurier researcher Dr. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay says From Monday to Friday, kids spend half their waking hours at school, and there is extensive research showing that higher-quality environments produce more active children.

She also says studies show a huge and increasing fundraising gap between schools in more and less affluent areas.   (@opheacanada)


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