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Now where did I put that Silver medal from Grade 6?

Perhaps it's just pre-election spending combined with perhaps simple nostalgia on my part, but it's nice to see the federal government has decided to revive Participaction. Of course, in true Conservative fashion, which is to say exactly the same as true Liberal fashion, they are not going to give it enough funds to really do something, but it is a start.

Remember those flexed arm hangs?

Locally, and related, here in Nova Scotia it seems to me about half of everyone I meet could stand to shed 15 or 20 kg. Today it was announced by the Conservative government that they are going to put on hold until at least 2008 their plan to have every high school kid in the province take a physical education class. The delay largely has to do with hiring enough qualified people and providing adequate equipment on a shoestring budget; in other words, the Tory government (gasp!) promised something before actually planning for the details. I'm thinking that only on the fiddle does Rodney know how to play more than one string at a time.

It might be shallow of me, but I have to believe that a healthy, active person is going to be less of a drain on the healthcare system than an overweight, inactive one. The government should see that it is not such a big stretch to assume that money spent now on developing active lifestyles will pay off later (and really, not that much later), in savings on healthcare.

So just why do we think it is such a victory to get high school students into a phys. ed. course once over a three-year program? Why not every day?

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Ugh. I have nightmares about that flexed arm hang...
I have always been of the opinion that the best way to avoid overburdening the health care system is to prevent people from needing to use it in the first place. Could it be that the Tories have finally listened to the people who are advocating the Population health model, designed for that very purpose?
Not if the investment level is any indication, but, as you say, it is a start.

okay, I'll grant you that $5 million really isn't a lot of money - but hey, the original campaign compared a Canadian's health to that of a 60 year old Swede. He'd be 95 now - we could probably take him.

But seriously, it's a good idea - but unless all levels of government are willing to back it up, it's nothing but window dressing

I do remember well the flexed arm hang! I loved it but when I did it I had very little weight to hold up so it was an easy event for me. One thing I noticed, being a teacher in N.S and AB., is that the two school systems have very different views of physical education. In Nova Scotia(up to 2005), elementary students enjoyed only 2 half hour periods of gym each week. In Edmonton, students get a half hour every day of the week! This is a good thing as it allows students to burn off excess sugar every day. They also have extra opportunities to burn off energy outside with two recesses (Nova scotia only has one recess in the morning) and lunch recess, too.
Any type of physical activity is a good thing so kudos to the government to at least try to get things in motion.

my 2 pennies.

Dan - That 95 year old swede could probably STILL take any gven 65 year canadian.... or 55 year old for that matter.

Sweden... aaahhhhh... there's just something about the image of tall, blond, athletic, viking women running naked out of a sauna to jump in the snow. But I digress...

I think I'll have to agree with Paul. Given the propensity for schools across the country to cut gym class, ANY level of input to reverse the trend is good. It's getting it to continue and expand that's the problem.

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