On PEI we have the distinction of being the fattest and least healthy province in Canada.
Obesity and Diabetes - One of the trends of modern society is obesity. Atlantic Canada and PEI have the dubious distinction of being the most obese part of Canada. PEI with 59% of its population overweight, is the fattest province in Canada. In Canada, 29 per cent of boys are now overweight, almost double the 1981 rate of 15 per cent. Among girls, the rate rose to 24 per cent from 15 per cent in the same period. The number of children considered obese now tips the scales at 14 per cent for boys and 12 per cent for girls, almost triple the 1981 rate of 5 per cent. Poor nutrition is directly related to obesity which in turn drives a pathway for a significant series of health-related outcomes, such as diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease.
Sports at school is all about "THE TEAM" - if you are not one of the elite. You are toast. Schools and parents have struggled to get their kids motivated to take exercise.
So look at this.
Look at the faces. Look at the faces. Look at the faces
Are these kids having the time of their lives?
It's no fluke - look at these kids. Also look in the back of the gym.... Who do you see there. Yes a teacher also having the time of his life. What do you think may be happening to the relationship between the teacher and his students?
What would happen in class if the kids and the teachers recognized each others as being fellow human beings?
Is anyone being left out? What would it be like for all the cliques and the gangs to meld? What might happen to bullying? What might happen for the nerds? Would it still be uncool to be smart? Might some boundaries melt?
What would it be like to have UFIT in every school on PEI? How could this happen
I think that we could go somewhere here. The challenge is who does UFIT partner with for kids - if it is the schools - we have to partner with the department of education - that feels like a hard one. How does a bureaucracy partner with a free spirited community business?