Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 10, 2005 17:00 ET

CMA Honours the Blue Nose International Marathon for Excellence in Health Promotion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2005) - On August 17th, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) will present its third annual Award for Excellence in Health Promotion to the Blue Nose International Marathon Organizing Committee, from Nova Scotia. The Award recognizes individuals and organizations, from outside of the health sector, who have made a significant contribution towards a healthy population and a healthy community.

"The CMA's vision of a healthy population can only be achieved through the actions of all Canadians," said CMA President, Dr. Albert Schumacher. "With this award, we are delighted to recognize community efforts to make Canada a healthier place to live."

"When we set out to bring a marathon back to Halifax, we wanted to create an event that would inspire all Nova Scotians to live more active lives. We're proud that our efforts have been noticed," says Rod McCulloch, Blue Nose Marathon co-chair.

"We hope that our event will continue to encourage healthy living. In 5 years, we want to be able to look back and say 'we've made a difference, we've helped make Nova Scotians healthier," added Gerald Walsh, Marathon co-chair.

"The Blue Nose Marathon is a great example of a group working to make the whole community healthier," concluded Dr. Michael Cohen, Chair of the CMA Council on Health Care and Promotion. He will present the award to the Marathon Organizing Committee at 9:40 AM on Wednesday, August 17 at the CMA's Annual Meeting held the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

The CMA's Award for Excellence in Health Promotion was introduced in 2003. For consideration for this award, nominees must have contributed to the improvement of health through health promotion actions, initiatives or increased public awareness. Past winners of the award include the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of those municipalities that have enacted bylaws to ban indoor smoking in public places and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce for their HealthAction initiative in support of healthy workplaces and healthy communities.

Additional information on the CMA Award for Excellence in Health Promotion including nomination forms can be found at www.cma.ca/healthaward.htm

Contact Information

  • Canadian Medical Association
    Carole Lavigne
    Manager, Media Relations
    1 (800) 663-7336 or (613) 731-8610, ext. 1266