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PEI Schools launch Walk/Run Club!

Charlottetown - Monday, April 14.

A new Walk/Run Club for kids, youth and teens was launched by go!PEI in partnership with the Medical Society of PEI, the Department of Health and Wellness and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The Walk/Run Club is designed to provide Island children with a fun, free and non-competitive program that supports the addition of more physical activity into their day.

"We have worked with many partners to design three programs participants can follow to build their cardiovascular endurance at a pace they are comfortable with," states Olivia Ford, go!PEI's coordinator. "We believe the Walk/Run Club programs can be used in a variety of settings including schools, homes and communities."

The concept for the go!PEI Walk/Run Club was built around the award winning Doctors NS Kids Run Club which is offered throughout the school system in Nova Scotia. go!PEI partnered with The Medical Society of PEI to build a made in PEI program and has inviting schools to participate as a first step and then will explore other venues in the community to offer the program.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have been working with the school boards and schools to build healthier school environments for students. There is a direct link between the health of a child and their ability to learn and this club offers another program for schools to use if they wish.

The go!PEI Walk/Run Club has three programs, each using a laddered approach to build the endurance for participants to move their bodies for either 20, 30 or 60 minutes without stopping. The programs are designed for ten weeks but allows flexibility if that amount of time doesn't suit the group's schedule.

On Saturday June 14, 2014, go!PEI along with its partners will host five free walk/run events across PEI and all participants are invited to participate free of charge and will receive a prize thanks to the generous support of the Medical Society of PEI.

go!PEI would like to thaink West Royalty Elementary School for hosting the official launch announcement as well as the Minister of Health & Wellness, Doug Currie and Dr. Rachel Kassner, Chair of the Medical Society of PEI for attending the event and speaking about the importance of physical activity and the Walk/Run Club.

For more information on the Walk/Run Club - CLICK HERE.


Join the 2014 Club to track your physicial activity, enter official go!PEI Challenges, and win great prizes during the 2014 calendar year. Each week you enter your physical activity minutes you'll be entered in a draw to Win a $50 Gift Card from our participating prize partners! (Parks Canada, Co-op, Paderno, Source for Sports, MacKenzie Farms and Golf PEI)

Feb. 12 - Paula Arsenault - Parks Canada Season Pass
Feb. 19 - Jennifer Turner - Co-op Groceries Gift Card
Feb. 26 - Margi Wilson - Paderno Kitchen Wear Gift Card
Mar. 05 - Marlene Bryenton - Source for Sports Gift Card
Mar. 12 - Judy Lowther - Co-op Groceries Gift Card
Mar. 19 - Joy Livingston - Paderno Kitchen Wear Gift Card
Mar. 26 - Brenda Dougay - Golf PEI Certificate
Apr. 02 - Kent Smith - Golf PEI Certificate
Apr. 09 - Laurie Callaghan - MacKenzie Farms Veggie Box Certificate
Apr. 16 - Katelyn Kelly - Parks Canada Season Pass
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