Monday, December 15, 2014
Fit as a Fiddle
Chilliwack Central School Second Day program a hit
Released by Asma Farooq, Chilliwack Division of Family Practice
Chilliwack Division of Family Practice leaders working out with students at Chilliwack Central Elementary Community School Society.
urrently just 7% of school age children are meeting the Canadian Guidelines of 60 minutes of fitness per day. Research strongly supports that children need an hour of active play daily to keep them hale, hearty and healthy.
Be Active Every Day, is an annual Doctors of BC initiative that helps kids become more active and make healthy choices.
In partnership with Chilliwack Central Elementary Community School
Society, local family doctor Dr. Alison Henry coordinated a month-long
challenge to kids: Be active 60 minutes every day in November.
Similarly, doctors across the province have been going into their local
school to teach children the value of daily activity and good nutrition
through this fun and simple activity challenge.
So far, sessions have included Live 5-2-1-0 presentations on what the
message means and interactive games like “The Price is Right! Vegetables
and Fruit” and “How Much Sugar is in that Drink?!”. Other topics have
explored “Where Does Our Food Come From?”, where children learnt what
different seeds look like and where they are found. To wrap up, each
child got a seedling tray to plant herbs to take home and grow.
At the end of the challenge, a closing ceremony was held to celebrate accomplishments during the month. Certificates were handed out and follow-up discussion revealed that the kids were keen to participate and lived the principle of daily activity through sports, dance and much more. The challenge proved to be a great opportunity for the kids at Central Second Day to learn about health from a local doctor.
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