NDP

Boys and Girls Clubs Focus on Healthy Living

August 22, 2013


Boys and Girls Clubs across Nova Scotia are getting support to help young people make healthy eating and physical activity part of their daily lives.

The clubs offer after-school programs with a focus on healthy living and minimal or no fees to ensure children from lower-income families can participate.

The province and the federal government are providing $60,000 in funding this year through the Healthy Living Fund to improve the programs and ensure measurable results across the province.

“Helping Nova Scotians develop healthy lifestyle skills and habits at an early age is critical to improving the health of our population, now and in the future,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “We’re pleased that Boys and Girls Clubs in Nova Scotia are doing their part to help young Nova Scotians of all backgrounds grow up healthy and strong.”

The Healthy Living Fund is supported equally by the Department of Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

All of the Boys and Girls Clubs across Nova Scotia are working together to improve their programs, make them more consistent, and develop a formal evaluation process.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is extremely pleased for the seven Nova Scotia clubs and the thousands of children and youth who will directly benefit from this funding partnership,” said Debbie Cooper, regional director of the Boys and Girls Club. “We look forward to influencing their young lives by engaging them in healthy living practices.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs’ efforts to help young people adopt healthy lifestyles supports Thrive!, government’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. More information about Thrive! is available at http://thrive.novascotia.ca .