Healthy Living in the North

The Spirit of Healthy Kids regional challenge starts December 2

A man in a suit, a man in a tie, a woman in a suit, and a giant teddy bear mascot line up for a photo op.

L-R: Andy Beesley, Vice President, Business, PG Cougars; Andrew Steele, Coordinator, Community Funding Programs, Northern Health; Judy Neiser, CEO of Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation; and Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation mascot.

Last month, we announced the launch of the Spirit of Healthy Kids Regional Program – a partnership between the Prince George Cougars, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, and Northern Health, aimed at improving the health of our Northern students.

The PG Cougars hockey players are positive role models who will soon challenge kids to read, exercise, be kind, and choose healthy choices every day.

We are very excited to announce the six schools selected to participate in this challenge:

  • Harwin Elementary in Prince George
  • WL McLeod Elementary in Vanderhoof
  • Valemount Elementary in Valemount
  • Don Titus Montessori Elementary in Chetwynd
  • Margaret Ma Murray Community School in Fort St. John
  • Uplands Elementary School in Terrace

At the end of the challenge, the school with the highest level of participation will receive a $5,000 grant from the Spirit of Healthy Kids program to complete a project in their school that will help students make the best possible choices every day. The other competing schools will each receive a $1,000 grant.

All kids can still take part in the challenge, even if their school was not selected. This gives other schools a chance to enter a random draw for a $500 grant.

Students will view a video that has health, wellness, and philanthropic messages from the PG Cougars, and then record their healthy activities in tracking sheets for two weeks.

While this funding is important, the real success is getting kids to become more active, kind, and as healthy as they can be. It’s essential for kids to learn healthy behaviors that will help them grow into healthy adults; after all, we know that healthy students are better learners. By supporting schools to encourage these healthy habits in their students, the Prince George Cougars, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, and Northern Health aim to build a happier and healthier Northern BC for years, and generations, to come.

The challenge runs for two weeks from December 2 to 13, 2019. In order for additional schools to participate, contact: spiritofhealthykids@northernhealth.ca.

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