Media Alert - Variety Village Brings Big Top Fitness to Children and Families

    SCARBOROUGH, ON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ -

    What:  Variety Village - a world leader in offering inclusive sports and
    recreational programs for children and adults of all abilities - is
    hosting Tip Top Big Top, a circus-themed event to launch its Healthy
    Buddies(C) program designed to educate school children and their families
    on the benefits of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Healthy Buddies empowers elementary school children to live healthier
    lives by providing them, their teachers and their parents with knowledge
    about, and a positive attitude toward, the three components of health:
    physical activity, healthy eating and positive self image. For more
    information about Healthy Buddies(C), visit

    Tip Top Big Top fuses entertainment, education, and hands-on
    interaction - the end result being a multi-dimensional health experience
    that is expected to positively influence, engage, and motivate all those
    who attend to become more physically fit. It will provide children and
    key family decision-makers with information and resources to encourage
    healthy eating habits and regular physical activity.

    Who:  Variety in Ontario works with young people with disabilities and
    those who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential.
    Variety is a world recognized authority providing integrated sports and
    life skills programs and applied research and learning programs that
    change children's lives and strengthen communities.

    When:  Tuesday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

    Where:  Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave. Scarborough, ON, M1N 2G2
    (Danforth Ave. just east of Birchmount Rd.).

    Why you should attend:  A lot has changed in the last 30 years when it
    comes to children's fitness and activity levels. For example, on
    average, Canadian kids are watching 23 hours of television per week. Only
    36 per cent of Canadians under 19 are active enough to maintain proper
    cardiovascular health. Furthermore, it is believed that 25 per cent of
    Canadian children are obese today - a 55 per cent increase from 15 years

    About Variety - The Children's Charity:  Variety - The Children's
    Charity in Ontario makes a remarkable difference in the lives of young
    people of all abilities and their families. Dedicated to promoting
    inclusion and integration across Ontario, Variety assists young people to
    recognize their own potential, experience what is possible, and develop
    the skills to achieve their goals. Variety Village, the charity's
    flagship project, is a world-renowned fitness and life skills facility
    delivering programs and services that meet the mandate of the charity.

For further information:

For further information: Lynda Elmy, Communications Manager, Variety -
The Children's Charity, P. (416) 367-2828, ext. 249; email:

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