Teaching healthy habits: kids' wellness program to be expanded across rural and Northern Canada through federal-private sector partnership
More children and youth in remote communities will benefit from a program aimed at improving physical activity, nutrition and mental health, thanks to the expansion of APPLE Schools into rural Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, to mark World Health Day.
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APPLE Schools has been operating successfully in northern Alberta since 2008, reaching over 16,500 kids to date. Results from these schools show that kids in this program eat more fruits and vegetables, are 35 percent more active and are 40 percent less likely to be obese than other students in Alberta. These positive health behaviours are proven to lead to less chronic disease and higher academic performance. New programming will focus on communities with representation from Indigenous or immigrant populations. Northland and Northern Lights School Divisions will be the first school divisions in which expansion will occur.
APPLE Schools is delivered in partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Inter Pipeline, The Joyce Foundation, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, and Allan P. Markin. Other financial contributors are HDF Insurance, TransCanada Pipelines and StatoilCanada. This is one of many partnership projects under the Government of Canada's Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease program that helps kids develop the skills necessary to lead more active and healthier lives.
Public Health Agency of Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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