Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Healthy BC Kids!

B.C. Government Moves to Stem Obesity in School Children

Canadian Press - Tuesday, September 4, 2007 by Steve Mertl

VANCOUVER (CP) - With one in four B.C. school-age children overweight or obese, the provincial government has launched a shape-up plan it says is the most aggressive in Canada.

The B.C. Education Ministry will require all students to have at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day by next September and accelerate a plan to clear out junk foods from schools starting in January.

The number of Canadian children who walk or bicycle to school has dropped to 20 per cent from more than 50 per cent in the 1980s, he said. A quarter of kids' waking hours are spent before a video screen of some kind.

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