B.C. doctors led a successful Be Active Every Day campaign in October, encouraging kids to be more active and choose healthier lifestyles. As part of the Doctors of BC-led campaign, physicians visited 24 elementary schools and reached 5,000 kids, getting them interested, engaged and energized to be active for 60 minutes each day.
Physicians from the Cowrie Street Clinic in Sechelt reached out to local schools and partnered with visiting West Sechelt Elementary during the month-long program.
“It was a brilliant chance to engage the kids in physical activity and to have the doctors visit each and every classroom in the school,” said principal Jeff Marshall. “When the message about physical activity comes from the doctors, it resonates with the kids a little more.”
Dr. Chinmay Dalal and Dr. Paul Dhillon attended the school at the start of the month to distribute activity books and encouraged the children to participate in physical activity and healthy eating during the month.
“This was a great chance for us to get out of the clinic and speak to so many kids about the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Dalal.
A part of the program was a province-wide competition where kids submitted images of themselves being active.
“It was the first time a clinic on the Coast participated in the program and I was ecstatic to get the email from Doctors of BC when I found out we had a winner, Sophia Jenkins, right here from West Sechelt Elementary,” Dr. Dhillon said. “It was great to go back to the school at the end of the month and see how the kids had embraced the program and to present Sophie with her prize, a custom artist rendering of her as a cartoon superhero.”