BC Medical Association

BC Medical Association

September 06, 2005 14:39 ET

BC Medical Association: BC Physicians Volunteer to Present Healthy Active Living Message to Local Parent Groups

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 6, 2005) - Physicians across BC are volunteering to deliver a 30 minute presentation that promotes healthy active living to parent groups in their community. This presentation has been developed by the BC Medical Association as part of its Eat well, Play well, Stay well campaign.

This program will continue throughout the 2005/2006 school year and is available throughout the province. Physicians are able to speak to parents at school parent advisory committee meetings, community centres, churches and temples, or other community gathering places. To book a physician speaker for your local parent group please call 604 638 2838 or 1 800 665 2262 ext 2838. For more information and resources visit www.bcma.org/healthykids.

The PowerPoint presentation features tips on healthy eating, physical activity, and preventing children from developing chronic diseases. Physician presenters will answer parents' questions, provide additional information, and distribute a healthy living tips sheet for parents to put on the fridge at home.

The Eat well, Play well, Stay well program provides parents with information to help them make healthy choices for themselves and their children.

"Parent role modeling of healthy living habits benefits all family members. When parents eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, the healthy choice becomes the natural choice for children," says campaign chairperson Dr. Wilma Arruda, a paediatrician in Nanaimo, BC.

The BC Medical Association developed the Eat well, Play well, Stay well campaign in recognition of the increasing number of children in BC who are overweight or obese, and the escalating number of British Columbians living with chronic illness. Today, there are 500,000 British Columbians living with one or more chronic disease.

"The BC Medical Association has been impressed by the interest physicians have shown in this program. It demonstrates to our association that BC physicians are interested in health promotion," says BCMA President Dr. Michael Golbey.

The first physician presentation took place at a school health fair in Surrey in May 2005.

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