Taking New Steps To Fight Childhood Obesity
Nova Scotia is taking more action to fight childhood obesity. Premier John Hamm announced today, March 5, $300,000 towards theOffice of Health Promotion’s Active Kids, Healthy Kidsinitiative. More investments in healthy and active lifestyleswill also be announced within the next 60 days. “Today’s healthy children are tomorrow’s healthier province. This money and this program is about giving parents, educatorsand community leaders the tools they need to ensure our childrenlive longer, healthier lives,” said the premier. “As a provinceand as a society, we must do more to make healthy living apriority, especially among our young people.” The funding was confirmed today at a luncheon for communityorganizers for Active Kids, Healthy Kids. The $2.4 millionprogram, launched in 2002, is a three-year strategy to increasethe number of children and youth who exercise regularly andmaintain a healthy lifestyle. “Healthy living does not require our kids to be great athletes,nor should it ever exclude families on the basis of income,” saidthe premier. “All it requires is a sensible commitment to gooddiets and good physical activity, and a commitment from each ofus — including the government — to making these choices as easyand accessible as possible.” In December 2002, Premier Hamm established the Office of HealthPromotion, under the leadership of minister Rodney MacDonald, toimprove the long-term health of Nova Scotians, through suchmeasures as reducing the number of obese children. A recentreport from the Canadian Population Health Initiative says thatobesity rates have increased significantly among children overthe last 20 years.