Recreation NL Supports ParticipACTION’s Study On The Effects Small Funding Has on Teens

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Recreation NL Supports ParticipACTION’s Study On The Effects
Small Funding Has on Teens

Research shows that small amounts of funding support teens in getting physically active in NL

January 7, 2015| Recreation NL

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (Recreation NL), provincial coordinator of the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge, is pleased to see the outcomes released by ParticipACTION’s recent study on the benefits that just small investments can have in breaking down the barriers that prevent teens from getting active.

Recreation NL, in partnership with ParticipACTION and the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development, have distributed over 100 grants and over $75,000.00 to community groups around this province since 2008 to get over 7,500 teens active.

The study shows that not only are there physical benefits observed from these grants, but there are also social and emotional benefits as well. The aunt of a Newfoundland teen with a disability who participated in a swimming program reported that prior to the program her nephew wouldn’t have been able to participate in an interview about his experiences. “He’s not a loner anymore… this is different, for him to talk to a stranger and answer questions,” she said.

Quick Facts

  • Recreation NL has been involved as a provincial partner with the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge since 2008.
  • Recreation NL, in partnership with the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development and ParticipACTION, has been able to award more than $75,000.00.
  • Through the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge, Recreation NL has engaged more than 7,500 teens.


  • Untitled1 Blair Delaney, President of Recreation NL says, “The ParticipACTION Teen is just one of the many programs and services that Recreation NL has to offer communities to become more engaged in physical activity. Our upcoming Find Your Fit 30-Day Community Physical Activity Challenge in April will also be engaging this age group to be more active throughout the month.”
  • Untitled2 “Only 4% of teens 12-17 are getting the daily recommended physical activityguidelines of 60 minutes per day and the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge is helping us get teens more active in our province” says Tina Auchinleck-Ryan, Chair Recreation NL Physical Activity Advisory Committee.


  • For more information about ParticipACTION Teen Challenge, sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada, including over 500 local teen success stories, please visit

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