Madam Speaker, physical activity and healthy eating are vital to achieving and maintaining good health.
Go!PEI continues to be a great source of support and motivation in helping Islanders achieve their health goals.
By offering programs that are low cost or free in more than 70 communities right across our Island, Go!PEI has encouraged thousands of Islanders to start leading more active lives.
Madam Speaker, this month Go!PEI marks its fifth anniversary. Created and funded by the Department of Health and Wellnes, Go!PEI has:
– Delivered more than 80 learn-to-run 5K programs, assisting hundreds of Islanders complete their first 5 km run.
– Supported the development of dozens of walking clubs, including a large club for seniors.
– Hosted cooking courses where Islanders are taught basic food prep skills and provided with new recipes.
– Saw more than 10,000 Islanders participate in a number of physical activity and healthy eating challenges.
– Created veggie box programs linking community members with a local farmer to provide fresh vegetables on a weekly basis.
– Provided dozens of opportunities for Islanders to try a variety of physical activities including kayaking, canoeing, zumba, yoga & karate.
– Gave Islanders the opportunity to try a number of existing activity programs in their community and have a session with a dietitian to discuss any healthy eating questions.
Madam Speaker, these programs have shown Islanders that by beginning to make small changes, you can make a big difference in your life.
All of the statistics tell us one simple message: as Islanders we need to take better care of ourselves.
If we don’t start to make these changes, we will continue to see high rates of chronic disease and will be unable to enjoy our lives to the fullest.
I want to thank Go!PEI for assisting Islanders in leading healthier lives. And I want to congratulate all Islanders who have participated in the programming for committing to taking ownership of their own health. Thank you.