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Free “FRESH AIR KIDS” event challenges families to reduce air pollution

Event Date: Mar 23, 2017

Thirteen local schools will be recognized at a “Fresh Air Kids” celebration on March 23rd for their commitment to Active and Sustainable School Transportation. The event is hosted by the City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services, in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic and District School Boards.

The certified schools – which include seven from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board – took part in Green Venture’s “Fresh Air for Kids” school certification program earlier this year to learn about the link between air quality and transportation. Through onsite mobile air monitoring, the schools were able to witness firsthand the local impacts of air quality on students’ health.

Lauding the program’s educational impact, Superintendent of Education Morris Hucal says most importantly, “the program helps students to recognize that biking or walking to school is not only better for their physical health but also better for the environment.”

The seven HWCDSB schools – St. Marguerite d’Youville, St. Joseph, St. Brigid, Holy Name of Jesus, St. Lawrence, St. Bernadette and Regina Mundi – also regularly participate in Green Venture’s thrice yearly “Wear Yellow and Walk to School Days” in support of Active and Sustainable School Transportation.

The initiative ties in with, and supports the city’s Active and Sustainable School Transportation (ASST) Charter, endorsed by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board in April 2015. The charter focuses on increasing physical activity, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, enhancing neighbourhood safety, and instilling a greater sense of community, says Hucal.

“The Board is fully invested in creating a safe, healthy and sustainable community for future generations of students,” he adds. “Sustainable school transportation is a way of not only caring for our community and earth, but ensuring a healthy and active lifestyle for our students.”

In addition to recognizing Hamilton’s eco-conscious schools, the Fresh Air Kids celebration includes a free, engaging and interactive event for families, students and the public to learn more about the link between air quality and children’s health, and what we can all do to reduce air pollution.

Keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Adams will also share his research on human exposure to environmental pollutants.

The celebration will conclude with a presentation by students as they present their findings to their parents and neighbours.

It all happens on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Mancini Centre located at 44 Hunt Street in Hamilton.

For more information, please contact Kelly Scott, Physical Activity Specialist, Public Health Services at Kelly.Scott@Hamilton.ca or 905-5476-2424, Ext. 1309.









St. Lawrence students monitor air quality at their school.
St. Lawrence students monitor air quality at their school.

Free “FRESH AIR KIDS” event challenges families to reduce air pollution
Free “FRESH AIR KIDS” event challenges families to reduce air pollution
Free “FRESH AIR KIDS” event challenges families to reduce air pollution