Doctors Manitoba’s vision is “A vibrant medical profession and a healthy population in Manitoba”. One Strategic Theme covers Advocacy Innovation and Leadership and proposes that “Members feel that Doctors Manitoba is projecting a positive public image for physicians “.
With that background Doctors Manitoba looked at making a positive contribution to improve the health of Manitobans. With a view to achieving this, Doctors Manitoba looked at some of the projects other medical associations supported. Several medical associations have programs supporting health and fitness.
Most notable is Doctors Nova Scotia which has promoted a Kids Run Club for over a decade encouraging school children to participate.
In Spring 2013 the Board approached Sport Manitoba to look at developing a partnership. The focus would be to encourage children from the lower socioeconomic spectrum to focus on their fitness and health.
In June 2013 the Board approved the sponsorship of the new program called Fit Kids Healthy Kids.
Doctors Manitoba is pleased to report that the first year has been a resounding success. Michelle Johnson and her team of summer students and volunteers have had a positive impact on the lives of literally thousands of kids. Over 7,000 inner city and aboriginal children have been introduced to Fit Kids Healthy Kids.
Doctors Manitoba original commitment was for 2 ½ years. However, based on the success of the program, Sport Manitoba and Doctors Manitoba are in discussions to increase the funding commitment to 5 years. Doctors Manitoba is looking to directly engage physicians in this project in 2015.
Interested in getting involved with Fit Kids, Healthy Kids?
Please contact Rick Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org