Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

June 25, 2013 14:02 ET

Harper Government Announces Funding for Innovative Projects to Help Families Achieve Healthier Weights

Supporting families by engaging communities

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 25, 2013) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and the Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country today announced funding for nine innovative projects that will help children, youth and their families achieve and maintain healthier weights and healthier lifestyles in their communities.

"Our Government is committed to supporting initiatives that help improve the health of Canadian families," said Minister Aglukkaq. "By working in partnerships at the local level, these projects are helping to improve the health of our population."

One of the nine projects announced today is Healthy Weights for Children, led by The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society.

"Our organization works with children and youth to develop into healthy adults," said Anima Anand, Program Coordinator, The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society. "Partnerships like this make it possible to develop culturally relevant and innovative family education programs that promote healthier weights in Canadian children."

"We all have a role to play in helping more Canadians lead healthier lifestyles," said MP Cannan. "Our Government is doing its part by investing in projects that build supportive physical and social environments that make the healthier choice, the easier choice."

Funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada's Innovation Strategy supports innovative programs across Canada to address complex public health issues and underlying environmental, social, demographic and economic factors that affect healthier weights among children, youth and families in Canadian rural, remote, northern and underserved communities.

The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively across all sectors to promote programs and activities that support healthy living, physical activity and chronic disease prevention.

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Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Public Health Agency of Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 957-2983