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Promoting healthy living in schools

Promoting healthy living in schools is crucial. It sets Canadian youth up for success and ensures they have the skills and mindset to properly care for themselves as they transition into adulthood.

Under the second round of the School Health Grant for Youth program, youth aged 13-19 in high school can apply to receive up to $1,500 in grants to support projects that promote healthy living by:

  • reducing substance-related harms;
  • fostering positive mental health and well-being;
  • promoting healthy eating and nutrition; or,
  • encouraging physical activity among their peers.

Projects can include:

  • organizing a cooking workshop to increase awareness of healthy eating;
  • organizing intramural sports;
  • organizing a substance

Under the first round of this program, 81 high school students across the nation are receiving grants for initiatives that encourage and promote healthy living in their schools. I was proud to see a project at JM Denison Secondary School in Newmarket receive $950 under this round of funding.

We must continue to invest in the well-being and health of Canadian youth. Our government is committed to supporting students and children as they develop important life-skills to take care of themselves.

I encourage high school students to get involved and submit an application. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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