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Doctors challenge kids to be Be Active Every Day
British Columbia doctors are challenging schoolchildren to be Be Active Every Day (BAED) for four weeks from Oct. 7 to Nov. 1.
South Sa-Hali elementary students in grades 1 to 5 are among kids in 33 schools across the province taking part in the program, which will see kids pledge to be active for at least 60 minutes every day in an effort to get themselves on the right track to healthier habits.
The second annual BAED program was developed by the B.C. Medical Association in response to the latest findings from the Canadian Health Measures Survey that only seven per cent of kids ages five to 11 meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines of one hour of activity a day.
Physicians will visit schools and organize activities that will keep students active throughout the month in an effort to curb childhood obesity trends.
BAED has the support of the Canadian National Free Style Skiing and Snowboarding Associations. Olympic half-pipe snowboarder Mercedes Nicoll and Canadian National team mogul skier Andi Naude will encourage the kids to keep moving through a series of videos and blog posts.
By participating in the month-long challenge, kids will learn how to set activity goals and the work involved to achieve them. They will also learn about the value of health, nutrition and fitness from a doctor’s perspective.
More information can be found online at www.bcma.org/active.