Healthy Living in the North

Announcing the September Healthy Living Challenge

Chapman vs Bowering

Dr. Chapman (on the right) as he faced off with Dr. Bowering (left) in the March MANness competition.

Northern health matters to us, and it should matter to you too. This is why, over the month of September, we want to challenge YOU to live a healthier life.

Over the past year, members of the Northern Health team have started work on developing a series of guidelines (called position papers) on key issues that affect people’s health, including physical activity, healthy eating, injury prevention, tobacco, and obesity. It’s our goal to help share our knowledge of these health issues and work toward improving the overall health of northerners.

To help bring the ideas and evidence from our position guidelines to life, we would like to issue the September Healthy Living Challenge to our staff and communities. Over the next month, we will be posting a series of stories, reflections, and challenges on the Northern Health Matters blog to encourage everyone to consider how we can make healthier choices during the day, every day. I encourage everyone to follow along with the challenges and contests, and to submit their stories and pictures about how they live a healthy and active life.

Who doesn’t like a good challenge? You may remember that I know what it means to be challenged. This past spring, Dr. Bowering and I went head-to-head in a series of physical activities in the March MANness Competition. Healthy living doesn’t need to be difficult. For example, find ways to make every move count and do activities that work for your lifestyle. Go for a walk, take your kids to the park, dust off your bicycle, or use some of the great facilities that our northern communities have to offer, such as community pools. I encourage everyone to go to visit the Northern Health Matters blog regularly to participate in our September Healthy Living Challenge.

Find out how you can become a part of this exciting opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle in the north – visit our September Healthy Living Challenge page now! And be sure to come back tomorrow, when the first challenge and contest will be announced!

Dr. Ronald Chapman

About Dr. Ronald Chapman

Ronald Chapman is a physician with a fellowship in community medicine, and extensive experience in the leadership and management of health services with a focus on community health. Dr. Chapman joined the Northern Health team in 2007 as regional director of the Northern Cancer Control Strategy. Dr. Chapman assumed the role of the chief medical health officer of Northern Health in June 2011, and in February 2013, he transitioned to Vice President, Medicine in Northern Health.



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