BC Medical Association

BC Medical Association

March 01, 2005 14:13 ET

BC Medical Association Seeks Nominations for Excellence in Health Promotion Awards


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MARCH 1, 2005 - 14:13 ET

BC Medical Association Seeks Nominations for
Excellence in Health Promotion Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2005) - The BC
Medical Association (BCMA) is accepting nominations for the sixth annual
Excellence in Health Promotion Awards. Through this award, BC doctors
honour the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations making a
positive impact on the long-term health and safety of British
Columbians. The deadline for nominations is May 2, 2005.

"It's important to recognize those individuals and organizations that
are making great contributions toward improving the health of British
Columbians," said Dr. Bill Mackie, chair of the BCMA Council on Health
Promotion. "We all have a role to play in encouraging health and safety.
As doctors, we are encouraged to see health promotion projects at work
in our communities."

Past award recipients include:

- Anne Nickerson, a leader in education and awareness work on E.coli and
Kidney Disease

- Lidia Kemeny, founder of the Safe Start Program, Canada's only
childhood injury prevention program

- HeartSmart Kids program from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and
Yukon, a curriculum-based program promoting healthy active lifestyles
for children

- City of Port Moody, the first Canadian municipality to enforce helmet
use by skateboarders, and the first municipality in North America to
create a bike trials park in an urban environment

The award is presented yearly to both an individual and a corporation or
community organization.

Award recipients have contributed toward improvements in health and
safety through clearly identified actions or initiatives. Corporate
nominees must have been operating for at least one year in BC and
individual nominees must be residents of BC. Self-nominations are
permitted in both categories.

For nomination forms and more information contact Linda Munro at
604-638-2881 or 1 800 665-2262 ext. 2881, e-mail lmunro@bcma.bc.ca, or
visit www.bcma.org.

BCMA established the Council on Health Promotion in 1957 in recognition
of the need to address health issues affecting British Columbians. The
Council focuses on long-term and topical issues related to community
health promotion.

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