Active Kids in a Community Near You

first_imgChildren and youth across Nova Scotia will have moreopportunities to be active thanks to the work of theircommunities and the support of the province. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald joined the launch ofthe Cape Breton Active Community today, April 1. “Investing in kids puts a down payment on a healthier NovaScotia,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Byinstilling the value of daily physical activity in our children,they can build behaviours to last a lifetime.” Each of the six regions has received $50,000 — the second ofthree installments of funding from the province’s Active Kids,Healthy Kids strategy. The strategy was developed with the long-term goal of increasingthe number of children and youth who accumulate at least 60minutes of moderate or higher intensity physical activity on adaily basis. The Active Communities component of the strategy builds thecapacity of families, schools, local government, and communityorganizations to increase the number of children and youth whoare active enough for health benefits. Each region is using its $50,000 to implement a plan, developedlocally, that helps make the community conducive to accessiblephysical activity for youth. “Healthy living and physical activity can be achieved,” said Mr.MacDonald. “It takes a community to raise a child, and now ittakes a community to help a child be healthy.”last_img read more