Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Key to Better Health

first_img Contributing to a healthy community on an individual basis; Supporting healthy behaviours; Diversity and culture; Food security; Physical activity for the physically and mentally challenged; Health and nutrition literacy; Media literacy and healthy food choices; Physically active children and youth; Active kids, healthy kids. CANCER CARE N.S./HEALTH PROMOTION–Healthy Eating and PhysicalActivity Key to Better Health A two-day conference promoting the importance of healthy eatinghabits and regular physical activity among children and youthwill give participants an opportunity to learn about programsthat work and how they can better raise awareness in their ownagencies and communities. The conference — Building Momentum: Strengthening communitystrategies for healthy eating and physical activity — beginstoday, Nov. 6, at White Point Beach Lodge in Liverpool, QueensCo. It is hosted by the Nova Scotia Alliance for Healthy Eatingand Physical Activity. “We know that healthy eating and physical activity contribute togood health and lower the risk of chronic disease later in life,”said Judy Purcell, co-chair of the alliance and preventionco-ordinator of Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “By raising awareness about the importance of these health issuesand providing an opportunity for community members to network andlearn from each others’ successes, we hope to engage more peoplein this effort and to see more community-based initiatives takingplace,” she said. Presentation topics include:center_img “In promoting physical activity and healthy eating among childrenand youth, we first need to recognize and address the barriersthat make these choices difficult and sometimes impossible,” saidCathy Chenhall, co-chair of the alliance and core programco-ordinator with the Office of Health Promotion. “We need to create environments that support families in makinghealthy lifestyle choices — things like putting policies inplace that support healthy eating and physical activity inschools and safe, accessible and affordable recreation areas incommunities.” The Nova Scotia Alliance for Healthy Eating and Physical Activityis an informal network of agencies and individuals with aninterest in promoting healthy eating and physical activity foroverall health and healthy body weight. Members bring diversetalents and perspectives together to jointly identify areas foraction related to healthy eating and active living. Memberorganizations include: Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Office of HealthPromotion, Department of Health, Canadian Cancer Society NovaScotia Division, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia,Dietitians of Canada, Union of Nova Scotia Indians, Sport NovaScotia, Diabetes Care Program, Family Studies TeachersAssociation and the Diabetes Association.last_img

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