When it comes to promoting physical activity in the valley, good habits start young.

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At Greentree School in Drumheller, Associate Principal Sarah Richardson explained that the school uses a variety of activities, including team sports and fitness activities to get kids moving every day.

"Guidelines suggest that children [should be] engaged in physical activity for at least one hour per day, and we know that that's super important for their physical health but also for their mental health."

Richardson said that physical activity and mental health are highly positive correlated to one another, meaning the more physical activity you do, the better your mental health should be.

"I don't think the type of sport that children are engaged in is as important as developing those lifelong habits of physical activity. So, I think exposing them to a wide range of activity is important so that they can find a physical activity that's a good fit," explained Richardson.

She continued, praising the latest addition to the school.

"We're very excited about our new playground at Greentree. The children have been very excited about it and very excited about using it. Some of the new climbing features are increasing the amount of physical activity and the intensity of that physical activity."

In addition to the new playground, the school will be holding their annual Terry Fox walk later this month, to raise money and to promote physical health.

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