Kinesiology students to help Markham earn ‘Canada’s Most Active Community’ designation


Students to work with adults, elderly and children in Markham to increase physical activity

 TORONTO, May 29, 2019 – Undergraduate students from York University’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science are heading to Markham to help the city achieve its goal of becoming ‘Canada’s Most Active Community.’ TheParticipACTION Community Better Challenge calls for all Canadians to get active and incorporate physical activity where they live, work and play. Through a unique partnership between York’s  KIN Kids Program, the City of Markham and Markham PAN AM Centre, kinesiology students will work in four Markham community centres from May 31 to June 16, to support residents in recording and improving their physical activity levels during the 16-day challenge.

The partnership will provide York University undergraduate students will a valuable experiential education opportunity, working directly with residents of all ages and using technology such as the ParticipACTION app to help them track physical activity and meet goals. The community with the most achievements – including greatest participation rate by residents and number of community expert partners and events – will be recognized as ParticipACTION’s designate for Canada’s Most Active Community. Recognitions and national awards will be presented in late 2019.

Professor Angelo Belcastro, Chair of the School of Kinesiology & Health Science in York’s Faculty of Health and director of the KIN Kids program, will be available for interviews, along with his students, at an event to kick off the project on Friday, May 31.

What: The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge Kick-Off Event

When: Friday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 101 Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L3R 9W3, Outdoor Amphitheatre (back of the building)

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York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

To attend or schedule interviews please contact: 416-736-5585 or