Funding to promote active living announced

Funding to promote active living announced Tricia Toovey's Grade 3 class proudly lined up on Golden Horn Elementary's field yesterday morning, ready to show off their cross-country ski skills to reporters and politicians.

Tricia Toovey’s Grade 3 class proudly lined up on Golden Horn Elementary’s field yesterday morning, ready to show off their cross-country ski skills to reporters and politicians.

But icy conditions prevented them from doing so.

Still, they clutched equipment that wouldn’t have been available without Recreation and Parks Association of Yukon’s (RPAY) lending library.

The association is one of several groups receiving $2 million in funding over the next five years, part of the Yukon Northern Wellness Project.

Yukon MP Ryan Leef and Health Minister Mike Nixon were on hand to make the announcement yesterday at the school.

The project aims to encourage active living programming for children and youth in the Yukon.

Adrienne Marsh, active living co-ordinator with RPAY, said the funding will help the association continue its work across the

territory.

“Currently we have nine rural communities running active living programs through RPAY’s real leader program,” she said.

“That’s where we have leaders in each community running programs to get people in rural communities more active.

“The funding will also help support our lending library, menu of healthy living workshops, and our active healthy

kids program.”

The funding was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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