This October, BC’s physicians visited kids in elementary schools around the province to challenge them to be active for at least 60 minutes every day. The Doctors of BC 8th annual Be Active Every Day public health campaign ended, with more than 6,600 students – the highest number ever - engaged, challenged, and energized to develop habits leading to a healthier lifestyle.
With doctors leading students through the activity challenge, kids learned about the importance of good health, nutrition, and fitness from a medical perspective. The goal was to make a lasting impact on children and help them turn healthy choices into healthy habits. With darker days of winter approaching every student was given a branded Doctors of BC reflective arm band to help them be seen and keep safe.
We asked all participating kids to send in a picture of themselves being active – be it cycling, playing tag, gymnastics, or walking their dog – to qualify to win a custom drawn poster and set of trading cards featuring them. We had five enthusiastic winners…chosen randomly from among the hundreds of submissions. Emma Montgomery from Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Academy in Comox was one of the grand prize winners. Check out her submission, and grand prize poster:
We love hearing success stories from our partners. Maureen Hopkins in Mackenzie let us know how their doctors get involved:
"In Mackenzie, Dr Dan Penman and Dr Navpreet Sidhu were joined by primary care nurse Nadejda Azares and nurse practitioner Amanda Burton as they visited each of the 14 gym classes in town throughout the month long challenge – some more than once."
We’d love to hear from you! Do you have a story to tell about the success of your challenge? If so, let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Active Every Day is one of several public health campaigns supported by Doctors of BC through the Council on Health Promotion. For more information about how Doctors of BC promotes good health, click here.