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CHARLOTTETOWN – Go! P.E.I. is launching a new program to help encourage physical activity in children.
It’s a walk/run club based on a similar program in Nova Scotia.
Club participants will gradually increase the amount of time they stay active by running or walking. The groups will meet twice a week to calculate everyone’s totals of how much they’ve moved, as well as the group’s collective total.
The program is being launched by go!P.E.I. in partnership
with the Medical Society of P.E.I., the Department of Health and Wellness and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
“Over the past number of months, we have worked with many partners to design three programs participants can follow to build their cardiovascular endurance at a pace they are comfortable with,” said Olivia Ford, go!P.E.I.’s coordinator.
“The walk/run club programs can be used in a variety of settings including schools, homes and communities, are easy to coordinate, and will be fun for the participants.”
On Saturday June 14, 2014, go!P.E.I. along with its partners will host five free walk/run events across P.E.I., and all participants from the clubs are invited to participate free of charge. Everyone will receive a kit bag thanks to the Medical Society of P.E.I.
According to the province, the School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System 2012-13 results highlighted that only 45 per cent of Island students in Grades 5-12 were achieving the recommended physical activity dose of 60 minutes per day.
“Physical activity is an important component of our overall health,” said Health Minister Doug Currie.
“This new club for youth will provide students with a fun way to increase their daily activity levels while developing good habits for a life of physical activity.”