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July 30, 2012

Alberta Government Ministers launch Healthy U app at Keyano

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Any successful program is grounded in strong partnerships – that was the message brought forth by the Alberta Government’s Ministers Rodney and Denis as they launched the Healthy U app at Keyano’s Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre today.

Associate Minister of Wellness Health Dave Rodney and Minister Denis were in town to speak to about 80 children and community partners and tell them all about the program and the “Apple” app, which is now available on iPAD and iPhone.

“We want our children and everyone to be champions of healthy living. Eating fruits daily and one hour of physical activity every day is important,” said Minister Rodney, who said it’s about the ABCs – awareness, balance and choice.

“We want everyone to be aware of the importance of being healthy, have a balance of healthy activity and making healthy choices easier,” he added.

The ministers prepared smoothies for all the children in attendance who were campers from across Wood Buffalo.

“I had fun listening to the ministers. Keyano College is nice for doing this,” shared Pyper, 9. She is excited to try the “interesting” games part of the Healthy U app.

According to their official website Healthy U “was developed as a public information and education campaign to support and encourage Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles by providing them with access to information on healthy eating and active living.” The initiative was developed in 2002 and the app is the newest addition to it.

Christina Dauphinee, Be Fit for Life Coordinator, Keyano College, oversaw the event and was delighted with the turn-out.

“It is really a great honor to host this event. To create awareness of not only Healthy U but also the Be Fit For Life Centre and Keyano College and all of our combined efforts to encourage healthy living in our youth. To have support of our Ministers and MLAs is critical and having events like this once again brings awareness to issues surrounding our kid’s health and shows us the great resources and support we have in order to make our kids healthy and active,” she said.

Further details about Healthy U can be found by visiting:

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