Doctors helping youth get active

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Doctors Nova Scotia is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Kids’ Run Club, a free running program for schools. As the first medical association in Canada to offer this program it has been a privilege to encourage young people to take an active lifestyle in stride.

For the past 10 years the Kids’ Run Club has helped thousands of young people in Nova Scotia be more active. Last year, more than 17,500 young runners from nearly 260 schools and groups across the province took part in the program.

The Kids’ Run Club is a non-competitive program that emphasizes fun and personal effort, making it suitable for all children and youth, regardless of age or fitness level. School groups run together at least once a week and participants build their endurance in order to complete a final fun run of 2.1, 4.2 or five kilometres.

The club instils the importance of regular physical activity and healthy eating so they form habits that become part of their everyday lives as adults.

Doctors Nova Scotia is also expanding its girls-only program for junior and senior high school girls. The girls-only program was piloted last year with close to 200 girls from 10 schools across the province taking part. The girls-only program also focuses on increasing self-confidence, promotes positive body image and celebrates personal achievement.

Doctors Nova Scotia shares in the celebration of this 10-year milestone with the school staff, parents and community members who make Kids’ Run Club possible each year.

To register for the Kids’ Run Club or to learn more, visit

Mike Fleming, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

, Doctors Nova Scotia

Organizations: Run Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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