Daily Physical Activity

What is Daily Physical Activity (DPA)?

DPA is any physical activity that you do on a daily basis.  Your DPA choices can represent your likes and interests – aquatics, sports, fitness, recreational activities.  The possibilities are endless.  All activities count as long as you are moving.

What are the requirements?

Students in grade 11 – 12 must complete 150 minutes per week.


Why is DPA important?

Regular participation in physical activity…

…increases your energy level

…reduces the risk of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis

…builds stronger bones and muscles

…helps you maintain your optimum weight

…increase concentration and academic performance

…increases self-esteem

…reduces stress and helps you sleep better.


What counts as DPA?

Any moderate to vigorous activity that you engage in at home, at school, or in the community.  Examples include:

  • getting to and from school (walking, jogging, rollerblading, cycling, etc.)
  • taking PE, dance, or aerobics classes at school
  • playing games or sports during lunch break
  • participating on school or community sports teams
  • school and community fund-raising events (eg. Terry Fox Run)

How do I keep track of DPA minutes?

The best and easiest way is to go online to www.learnnowbc.ca.  Forms are also available in the Career Centre.  Student's DPA charts/forms must be submitted to the Career Centre.