On Thursday, September 26th, the MLSE Shape Up program launched its fourth season to a school-wide assembly at St. Leo Catholic School in Etobicoke. The MLSE Shape Up program is a FREE, online DPA (Daily Physical Activity) and H&PE (Health & Physical Activity) resource for teachers – providing tools they need to help get their students active.

As a part of the program, Shape Up visits schools throughout the year, bringing the excitement and spirit of the Toronto Marlies, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and Toronto FC to the classroom in hopes of building interest in physical activity. For Shape Up’s fourth season, the program launched at St. Leo’s with some very special guests from all four teams.

Students at St. Leo’s also had the opportunity to hear insight from the experts, including Toronto Marlies Forward Greg McKegg and Strength Coach Mark Fitzgerald, Toronto Maple Leafs Forward Dave Bolland and Trainer Anthony Belza, Toronto Raptors Alumni Jamaal Magloire and Trainer Jon Lee, and Toronto FC Defenseman Ryan Richter and Assistant Athletic Therapist Shawn Jeffers.

Much to the delight of St. Leo’s students Toronto Marlies Forward Greg McKegg overtook the school’s Physical Education teacher in a long jump competition.

“It’s important to instill a healthy lifestyle in kids at an early age,” says McKegg, “I think it’ll go a long way.”

The purpose of the program is to teach students the importance of participating in physical activity and healthy living. The school-wide assembly at St. Leo’s engaged students with exciting demonstrations, exercises and tips to help teachers and their students maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Mark Fitzgerald commented on what he hoped the students would take away from the event, “I think it’s important just to spread the message of health and fitness. For our young people now it’s just a little bit tougher to get involved with different activity, there’s a lot of sports specialization as opposed to just playing sports so I think this is a good way of spreading the message of just being active and healthy.”

For more information or to register as a teacher for the MLSE Shape Up Program visit www.mlseshapeup.com .

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