Healthy Me Week

Healthy Me Week

CBC Live Right Now and Kids' CBC join media and community organizations across Canada for Healthy Me Week, an annual week-long campaign in June to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

On June 2, YMCA Healthy Kids Day kicks off Healthy Me Week with free community events across the country. Check out your local Y for fun activities for the whole family.

Amid child obesity rates rises, Active Healthy Kids Canada released its 2013 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, giving a D - for overall physical activity levels.

Only seven per cent of five- to 11-year-olds and four per cent of 12- to 17-year-olds get at least an hour of physical activity daily, according to the report.

"It's a shame that most children in Canada do not meet the recommended levels of daily physical activity," says Scott Haldane, YMCA Canada's president.

"It's unacceptable that one in three Canadian children are overweight or obese and many are not getting enough exercise to ensure prolonged good health."

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is one way to help promote active lifestyles, says Haldane. "We open our doors at participating associations across Canada for a fun- filled day of healthy activities for the whole family...Our goal is to build healthy communities by encouraging children and families to be more active together."

Along with the Y's Healthy Kids Day, June 2 also marks the beginning of Healthy Me Week's 7-day challenges. Want to participate? Join us and learn more.

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