Fit–berta?

- June 13th, 2011
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Chris Pratt with daughters Kennedy and Laura join Tom Muirhead (right) with sons Luke, and Ian, and take part in a 5K run with Alberta tourism minister Cindy Ady in Fish Creek Park on June 11 in Calgary. KATIE SCHNEIDER/ QMI AGENCY

Alberta’s provincial government should be applauded for helping to put health and fitness at the forefront of citizens’ minds these days.

Indeed, a proactive approach is the best way to help cure the overburdened healthcare system.

The following government press release is more proof that the province “gets it.”

Albertans recognized for keeping children and youth healthy

Healthy School Communities Award honours 10 recipients

Edmonton — Ten awards celebrating people and programs addressing healthy eating, physical activity and mental well-being in school communities were presented to individuals and organizations from across the province. Award recipients were honoured by the Ministers of Health and Wellness and Education at Government House on Monday, June 13.

The Healthy School Communities Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their work to encourage healthy lifestyles among children and youth. The award program also promotes best practices in creating healthy school communities by school authorities, schools, communities, businesses and individuals.

“We all can play a positive role in helping young people grow up to be healthy and productive,” said Health and Wellness Minister Gene Zwozdesky. “Tomorrow’s healthy future depends on healthy children today.  Therefore we must support and salute the health of our children and youth with these incentives.”

This year, 35 nominations for the Healthy School Communities Award were received from across Alberta. Award recipients were selected in the following categories: individual champions, school champions, and community champions.

“A healthy mind in a healthy body is a prerequisite for a healthy sustainable community and province; both lead to stronger learning, higher productivity and better quality of life,” said Dave Hancock, Minister of Education. “It is important to recognize the leaders, role models and mentors who go above and beyond to create healthy learning environments and opportunities that encourage and assist students in the important pursuit of wellness.”

This award program is part of Healthy U, an initiative that provides information and resources to support the development of healthy school communities.

Further details are available online at http://www.healthyalberta.com or by calling (780) 427-7164, toll free at 310-0000, or by emailing: health.u@gov.ab.ca.

And there’s more good news.

Edmontonians are being encouraged to join Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady and government MLAs for a morning workout to help launch the new Active Alberta policy.

The workout starts at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, June 14) near the fountain in front of the Alberta Legislature.

Ady ran 5K on Saturday while launching the Active Alberta policy in Calgary.

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