Comox Doctors support youth to Be Active Every Day

As of 2017, an estimated 30 per cent of Canadian children five to 17 are overweight or obese.

The 2018 Participaction report card has a simple message: ‘Only 35 per cent of five- to 17- year-olds are reaching their recommended physical activity levels’.

Through the public health campaign Be Active Every Day, Doctors of BC provides doctors the opportunity to show kids that getting active is fun and that it’s easy to get into the habit every day of the year.

Doctors of BC has long recognized the importance of encouraging kids to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. In partnership with local elementary schools, Be Active Every Day supports doctors around the province who, during the month of October each year, lead students in activity challenges to teach them about the importance of good health, nutrition and fitness – and to turn healthy choices into health habits.

Now in its eighth year, Be Active Every Day continues to see doctors and resident doctors with the help of nurse practitioners, divisions and athletes across the province to get kids moving. This year, doctors in Comox/Courtney are issuing the challenge to more than 1,400 kids in 12 schools. The Comox Valley Division of Family Practice, a non-profit society representing primary care providers of the Comox Valley, is supporting the campaign by giving away prizes to participating children. First prize is a mountain bike, second prize a chance to win one of three scooters, and third prize a chance to win one of eight helmets.

The challenge begins the week of Oct. 7 with a school visit, and ends with a follow-up visit the final week of October.

With doctors leading students through the activity challenge, kids can learn about the importance of good health, nutrition and fitness from a medical perspective. The goal is to make a lasting impact on children and help them turn healthy choices into healthy habits.

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