HALIFAX, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq
announced an investment today for a project to promote healthy living
and healthy weights among Canadian children, youth and their families.
With this project, the Government is advancing public health by
partnering with the private sector to achieve the common goal of
"Obesity is a complex issue and to address it, we need to be innovative,
work with numerous partners, and think long-term," said Minister
Aglukkaq. "Investments like this will promote healthy living, help
reduce obesity and help our children and youth have the healthiest
possible start in life."
Led by Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the project announced today will
receive federal funding with additional funding from Sun Life
Financial, to expand the Get BUSY program, which offers a range of physical activity opportunities and
promotes healthy eating choices among children ages 8 to 12. The
project will be implemented in 22 communities across the country,
including low-income, rural, remote and northern communities.
"The government's commitment of funding to support Boys and Girls Clubs
of Canada is incredible news," said Pam Jolliffe, Boys and Girls Clubs
of Canada President and CEO. "The goal of the Get BUSY program is to help children and youth live healthier lives and a
partnership like this allows us to combine our resources to make that
"Sun Life is very proud to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada,
specifically the Get BUSY program, because we are committed to
promoting health and wellness in the communities where we live and
work," says Mary De Paoli, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing
Officer and Public & Corporate Affairs. "We believe this program has
huge potential to educate and encourage young Canadians to live
healthier lives and become role models to future generations."
The Public Health Agency of Canada is committed to promoting and
protecting the health of Canadians. A fact sheet about the project is
FACT SHEET September 2012
PRIVATE - PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHIER LIVING
The Public Health Agency of Canada is supporting partnerships to advance
innovative projects that promote healthier lifestyles and chronic
The Public Health Agency of Canada is contributing $200,000 in funding
to an innovative project involving Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and
Sun Life Financial called Get BUSY.
Get BUSY Program
Through Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Get BUSY program offers a
range of physical activity opportunities (e.g., rock climbing) and
promotes healthier eating choices (e.g., nutritious cooking classes)
for children between the ages of eight and 12.
Funding will be used over a 24 month period to implement the program in
22 communities across the country, including low-income, rural, remote
and northern communities. The program offers a range of physical
activity opportunities to children and youth and equips them with
information in order to make healthier choices. The program will also
include a new focus on building more supportive physical and social
environments in participating locations.
SOURCE: PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA
For further information:
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Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada