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The name of this course is Active Healthy Lifestyles. What is an active healthy lifestyle? Some would say that being healthy is the absence of disease. While this is true, this view may not capture the true essence or goals of this course. Individuals who are of this opinion may be more reactive than proactive in the sense that they “take care” of themselves when the need arises (i.e., when they become ill).
Individuals who truly embrace the active healthy lifestyle concept understand that it adds “value” to their lives. For these individuals, leading an active healthy lifestyle does not happen by chance. It is a purposeful choice that involves making decisions about the delicate balance between being physically active and healthy eating, as well as other health behaviours. Engaging in an active healthy lifestyle also leads to positive selfconcept and healthy relationships with others.
- Discuss with parents/guardians and provide the school with a completed and signed copy of the Pre-Sign-off Form. The form requires the signature of a parent/guardian if the student is under the age of 18, or the student’s signature if he or she is 18 or older. In some circumstances, parents/guardians may be required to sign for students who are 18 or older (e.g., students with severe disabilities).
- Indicate to the school, prior to commencing the activities and at the time specified by the school, their intention to participate in activities that contribute to their personal fitness plan and are consistent with school/division policy and risk-management measures for the purpose of obtaining a PE/HE credit.
- Participate in the OUT-of-class physical activities as part of their personal fitness plan towards the completion of their physical activity practicum. Track the hours, and complete the sign-off process as per school and/or division requirements.
- Provide the school with pertinent documentation that will be used by the school for evaluation purposes (e.g., fitness plan, activity log . . .).
- Assume, along with parents/guardians, responsibility for safety. Students should discuss concerns related to the selected physical activity with their parents/guardians and, together, they should exercise discretion and be aware of safety issues and the appropriate level of instruction and/or supervision before deciding to participate in the physical activity.
- Exercise discretion, be aware of safety issues and the recommended level of supervision, and discuss with the school and student any concerns about the nature of the activity.
- Assume responsibility for monitoring safety. Before making physical activity choice(s), parents/guardians should be aware of safety issues, such as staffing qualifications, child abuse registry policy, and community organization’s or group’s liability insurance coverage.
- Approve OUT-of-class activity, taking into consideration the general state of health of the student, information on risk, safety, school division policy, the educational and physical benefit to the student, and costs, if applicable.
- Complete paperwork and provide Parent/Guardian Pre- and Post-Sign-off Forms for the selected activity and for the documentation provided to the school for evaluation purposes (e.g., physical activity log). Students who are 18 years of age or older are required to provide documentation for evaluation purposes.
For best practices for a given activity please consult the following documents:
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