From left: Teacher Leah Jacques

Local student wins Active Every Day

Be Active Every Day is an annual Doctors of BC initiative to help kids be more active and make healthy choices.

Taking place from Oct. 5 to 30, B.C. doctors around the province partnered with local elementary schools to coordinate a month-long challenge to kids to be active 60 minutes every day.

More than 4,800 students in 36 schools participated with 52 doctors, resident doctors, nurse practitioners, and local volunteers making presentations.

Five divisions of family practice worked to coordinate the challenge in their communities including the Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice.

Here in Campbell River three schools participated – Ocean Grove Elementary, Campbell River Christian School and Georgia Park Elementary – for a total of 507 students.

Team Canada bike stars Sean Fincham and Miranda Miller motivated kids throughout the month long challenge via a series of videos talking about the 5-2-1-0 active healthy guidelines and teaching children bike fit exercises.

And if you are not familiar with the guidelines it is:

Five fruits and vegetables.

Two hours of screen time.

One hour of activity.

Zero sugar-sweetened beverages.

By writing a one paragraph story about how they would use a bike to stay active, kids were entered into a contest to win a new bike.

And the winner this year is …. Ocean Grove Grade 2 student Ariana LaRush.

For her efforts, Ariana won a 2016 Rock Mountain Edge purchased through Swicked Cycles of Campbell River.

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