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Archived - National Healthy Me Week
June 2-8, 2014
June 2-8, 2014, marks the third annual Healthy Me Week.
Led by Companies Committed to Kids, in partnership with leading media, community and sports groups, this national awareness week reminds us of the important role physical activity and healthy eating play in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians, especially children and youth.
It might surprise you to learn that chronic diseases are the most significant cause of death and disability worldwide. In fact, three in five Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one chronic disease, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Obesity and unhealthy weights are a huge contributor to chronic diseases. Today, one in four adults in Canada is obese, and a third of all children are already overweight or obese. These are startling numbers. But, this trend is reversible.
We all have a play a role in changing these statistics and Healthy Me Week is a great example of the collaborative efforts being taken to do just that. The Government of Canada knows that by working together we can meet our goal of healthier Canadians in a healthier world.
I encourage you to join this movement towards a healthier Canada; I challenge you to Get Up, Fuel Up, and Own Up. This means:
- Get up; get moving for at least 60 minutes every day.
- Fuel up; eat right and feed your body healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and lean meats such as chicken and fish. Canada's Food Guide for Healthy Eating can help you in your choices.
- Own up; set goals and motivate your family and friends to get and stay healthy.
Most importantly, make it fun! What about trying the Healthy Me Week 7-day Challenge to get you started? Or, exercise your creativity by coming up with your own ways of making healthy living and physical activity more fun, and submit your suggestion to the Play Exchange for a chance to win $1 million to put your idea into action.
Are you up for the challenge?
For more information on Healthy Me Week visit: healthymeweek.ca.
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
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