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Play for All is an innovative after school program for students in grades 1 to 6, combining education on lung health, asthma awareness and the importance of physical activity for promoting lung health. It is being implemented by The Lung Association and its partner, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
After school program staff and supervisors have been trained on promoting awareness of lung health, asthma and physical activity. They have learned how to create an environment and programming that is comfortable, inclusive and engaging for students with asthma to participate in.
Currently the program is offered in select schools in Durham Region and York Region, two geographic regions with high asthma prevalence rates, as well as Brantford and Hamilton.
Students from the after school programs, with and without asthma, can participate in the Play for All pilot program. They have hands-on experience with more than 20 lung health activities over a 12 week period. They also have the opportunity to engage family and friends in what they are learning and provide input into the program through the evaluation tools.
Regular physical activity is important to the health and well-being of all children. Yet the one in five Ontario children who have asthma, a common chronic childhood disease, may see it as a barrier to being physically active.
Poorly controlled asthma can limit a child’s ability to play, exercise and sleep—all critical to his or her development. Uncontrolled asthma can also lead to a child withdrawing from physical activity and sport. When asthma is well managed and well controlled, however, children who have asthma should be able to participate fully in all activities.
“Don’t let asthma define you as a person. You can do anything anyone else can do!” Participant, Play for All
To learn more, call 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.