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Province to Launch Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Leadership Program in Membertou

Premier’s Office
February 8, 2013

NOTE: A social media version of this release is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-02-08-Physical-Activity/. Hi-res, downloadable photos will be added after the event. Video will be added Monday.

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 today, Feb. 8, at an outdoor skating party in Membertou to sign a memorandum of understanding for a physical activity leadership program.

“We all know the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle and it is important that all communities are supported,” said Premier Dexter. “A healthier Nova Scotia is a government-wide priority and I want to acknowledge Chief Paul and other aboriginal leaders for showing the leadership and foresight to help make life better for children and their families.

“We are looking forward to expanding the healthy lifestyle program to all 13 aboriginal communities.”

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.

“We want to have long, healthy and active lives, but today there are too many people who are not physically active and it’s leading to health issues such as type 2 diabetes,” said Chief Paul. “I believe this agreement will help us reverse that trend and help make Membertou an even better place to live.”

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.

“Communities across this province are already doing an amazing job of providing opportunities for people of all ages to be healthy and active,” said Mr. Wilson. “Under Thrive! we are committed to reshaping where we live, learn, work and play to address preventable chronic disease in every community.”

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.

More information is available at http://thrive.novascotia.ca.

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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 today (February 8th) at an outdoor skating party in Membertou to sign a memorandum of understanding for a physical activity leadership program.

Premier Dexter says a healthier Nova Scotia is a government-wide priority and he acknowledges Chief Paul and other aboriginal leaders for showing the leadership and foresight to help make life better for children and their families.

Chief Paul says he believes the agreement will help make Membertou an even better place to live.

Annapolis Valley/Glooscap, Eskasoni, Millbrook and Paqtnkek will start the program during 2013-14. The cost-shared agreements are each for 125-thousand dollars in provincial funding and 100-thousand from the community over five years.

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Media Contacts: Jennifer Stewart
Premier’s Office
Cell: 902-497-7198
E-mail: [email protected]

Danielle Hartley
Membertou Development Corporation and
Membertou Community
Cell: 902-578-0378
E-mail: [email protected]

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