Five Mi’kmaw communities are adopting physical activity as part of their daily routine through a new partnership with the province. Premier Darrell Dexter joined Membertou Chief Terrance Paul and Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson at an outdoor skating party in Membertou to sign a memorandum of understanding for a physical activity leadership program.
The new partnership mirrors the Municipal Physical Activity Leadership Program. Expanding the program to First Nation communities and all municipalities is part of Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. It addresses preventable chronic disease with physical activity and healthy eating.
Annapolis Valley/Glooscap, Eskasoni, Millbrook and Paqtnkek will start the program during 2013-14. The cost-shared agreements are each for $125,000 in provincial funding and $100,000 from the community over five years. Eligible Mi’kmaw communities will hire full-time staff to develop and implement five-year physical activity plans.
Thrive! has 34 actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity.
For more information about the Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Leadership Program, please contact Wayne McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org
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