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Three Oshawa schools among the healthiest

Three Oshawa Catholic schools were among those awarded with the Healthy School Award by the region.

Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School and St. Joseph Catholic School were on the list of 11 Catholic schools throughout Durham Region given the honour.

The award recognizes schools for a commitment to a prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis and depression.

The schools promote healthy living through the promotion of four key health topics: healthy eating, physical activity, sun safety and tobacco-free living.

“We know that physical and mental health has an impact on student success, which is why well-being is a significant factor in our board and school improvement plans,” states Anne O’Brien, the director of education for the Durham Catholic District School Board, in a news release. “These schools set a wonderful example for others by students to form positive habits throughout their educational journeys. Congratulations to all our winners,” she said.