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Ottawa, Jul 7 (Canadian-Media): Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Federal Minister of Health, announced yesterday $1.4 million in funding for Vivo Play Project, for Alberta to enable children and their families for increasing their physical activity and making social connections with others in their community, media reports said.
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This four-year initiative of Vivo Play Project offers free facilitated play opportunities in outdoor spaces for 11,000 children and their families in the north-central Calgary area.
Funding will also support the development a private, mobile dashboard and let them see how their activity levels directly translate into their risk for chronic disease. This will also allow participants to track indicators of their health as well as change in the community throughout the project.
"Inactivity among Canadians is a leading cause of preventable chronic disease and a growing public health issue...Vivo Play Project...help to create supportive environments for children to develop healthy habits and address the common risk factors underlying many chronic diseases," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
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Since 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, Multi-sectoral Partnerships (MSP Program), addresses the common risk factors that underlie major chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (e.g., unhealthy weight, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and tobacco use).
Tracey Martin, Senior Manager, Innovation, Vivo said he was thrilled to launch the Vivo Play Project with its mission to help the community transform itself and continue to raise healthier generations.
"We know the benefits that physical activity provides to the health and well-being of Canadians...to help increase physical activity in north-central Calgary...work with parents and community members to keep our kids healthy and active while helping to lower their risk of chronic disease," said Taylor.