The Sandbox Project aims to improve health outcomes for Canadian
OTTAWA, June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's leaders are playing in the sand
to make a better life for the next generation.
In an effort to raise awareness about The Sandbox Project, several
Canadian MPs, senators, media personalities and business leaders were
building sand castles in the world's largest sandbox on Sparks Street
in Ottawa on Wednesday.
"The Sandbox Project is focused on fostering collaboration and knowledge
to ensure Canada becomes the healthiest place in the world in which to
raise children," says Dr. Christine Hampson, CEO of The Sandbox
Project. "This is the first generation of children in history that is
expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. That is
unacceptable, and it is incumbent on us to change that trend."
The founder of The Sandbox Project, Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of
Parliament for Simcoe - Grey, conducted a research project for the
Government of Canada in 2007 that resulted in Reaching for the Top: A report by the Advisor on Healthy Children &
Youth. The report was also central to the creation of the Children's Fitness
Tax Credit that was implemented by the Harper Government in Budget
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney,
Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Democratic
Reform) Tim Uppal, Hamilton Mountain MP Chris Charlton and Cape
Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner joined Dr. Leitch in the sandbox for
sandbox building competitions with Ottawa area elementary school
About The Sandbox Project:
The vision of The Sandbox Project is to make Canada the healthiest place
on Earth for children and youth to grow up. It is focused on improving
children and youth health outcomes with respect to injury prevention,
obesity, mental health and the environment.
SOURCE The Sandbox Project
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