Daily Physical Activity

Since September 2008, all students from K to 12 have been required to participate in Daily Physical Activity.  Daily Physical Activity is defined as endurance, strength and/or flexibility activities done on a daily basis.  Physical activity may consist of either instructional eg. PE class or non-instructional activities eg. walking to school.

How much do I need to do?
Each student in Grade 8 to 12 will need to participate in physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week. Each activity must be of moderate to vigorous level of intensity.

Only students in grades 10, 11 and 12 MUST complete DPA logs. Students must complete their logs by the dates below and submit to Ms. Morabito or Ms. Neves in Student Services, Room A233.


To meet Grad Transitions Requirements, DPA logs must be started and completed by the following dates:

Term 1 DPA-log September 5, 2017 November 7, 2017
Term 2 DPA-log November 8, 2017 January 23, 2018
Term 3 DPA-log January 24, 2018 April 17, 2018
Term 4 DPA-log April 18, 2018 June 18, 2018

Does everyone need to complete DPA logs?
Students who participate in the following classes do NOT need to fill out DPA logs for that semester:
– PE
– Dance
– Weight Training
However, they must complete the DPA logs for the semester in which they do NOT have these classes.

Students who participate in the following programs at Central do NOT need to fill out DPA logs for the year.
– BWC Hockey Academy

What if I don’t hand in my DPA logs or have not met the minimum 150 minutes requirement?
Grade 12 students who have not handed in the DPA logs or are not meeting the minimum DPA requirements will have to complete and hand in the Missing DPA Logs assignment before June 1. Click Here for the Assignment.

What does “moderate to vigorous intensity” mean? Moderate intensity is when the activity you are doing causes your heart rate and breathing to increase (“I am feeling warmer”). Vigorous intensity is when your heart rate is faster and you are slightly breathless, but, you can still talk (“I’m huffing and puffing”).

What activities can I do?

Endurance Activities: activities that help develop your cardiovascular endurance such as brisk walking (with your dog or to school), swimming, cycling, jogging, sports (such as soccer, basketball, and rugby), aerobics, dancing, cross-country skiing, and tag games.

Strength Activities: activities that help develop the strength of different muscle groups such as push­ups, racquet and ball games, core training, skating, house chores, and martial arts. This can be done in the community or with friends and family.

Flexibility Activities: activities that help develop the flexibility of different parts of the body such as yoga, gymnastics, dancing, and Pilates.

What activities does Burnaby Central provide? You can join one of Central’s many extra­curricular sport teams (see your planner or see the Athletic Director Mr. Hodgson), participate in open gym activities at lunch, or join an intramural league (see schedule posted in foyer or gym)

Why is DPA important? It can help you increase your energy levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, build stronger muscles and bones, maintain optimum weight, enhance your concentration and academic performance, increase self-esteem, give you an opportunity to make new friends and spend time with family, reduce stress, and develop leadership skills you can use throughout life.