Youth asked: What are your healthy living tips?

    McGuinty Government Promotes Healthy Eating And Active Living Contest

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Ontario is giving youth a chance to showcase
their creative take on healthy living.
    The Healthy Eating and Active Living contest will be hosted on MHP's
youth website
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for young people seeking information on all aspects of healthy living, from
healthy recipes to sports organizations.
    Youth aged 12 to 15 are invited to submit poster and video entries.
Winning submissions will be posted online and winners will receive brand new
iPods. The contest closes on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.


    "This contest is a part of our government's priority in engaging youth to
make healthier choices," said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion.
"Numerous studies have shown that people who eat healthy foods and are
physically active when they are young are more likely to maintain nutritious
diets and be active throughout their lives."
    "This is a great opportunity to give youth a voice in the discussion
about healthy eating and active living," said Chris Markham, Executive
Director and CEO, Ontario Physical and Health Education Association. "It could
reveal what motivates young people to make healthy living choices as well as
barriers to making these choices."
    "When I am training, I see a lot of young people working hard to achieve
their goals," said Pierce Smith, National Junior Snowboard Champion. "This
contest is a great way for all youth to speak up and motivate their friends to
live active, healthy lives."


    -   Nearly one third, 29 per cent, of youth aged 12 to 17 are overweight
        or obese, according to the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey.
    -   Increases in obesity rates are contributing to a dramatic rise in
        illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke,
        hypertension and some cancers.


    The contest supports the goals of Ontario's Action Plan for Healthy
Eating and Active Living. For details, read Ontario's Healthy Eating and
Active Living (HEAL) Action Plan

    Get access to trusted health information, services and advice for
healthier living at

    For healthy eating and nutrition information, call one of EatRight 
Ontario's Registered Dietitians toll-free, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. ET at 1-877-510-5102, or visit

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For further information:

For further information: Rick Byun, Minister's Office, (416) 326-8497;
Julie Rosenberg, Communications, (416) 326-4833

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