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Kids’ Run Club wraps up 13th year

Despite a challenging start, Kids’ Run Club (KRC) ended the year on a high note, with more than 15,000 participants at 195 schools and community groups across Nova Scotia.

With KRC being implemented primarily in schools by teachers, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union contract negotiations and subsequent legislation had a significant impact on program promotion and implementation. In an effort to be respectful to the sensitive situation in schools following the contract legislation, Doctors Nova Scotia created a modified KRC that allowed teachers to implement it during class time or at recess, avoiding the challenge of offering an extra-curricular program.

Thanks to the determined efforts of the KRC staff and dedication of Nova Scotia teachers, participation numbers rebounded. In fact, schools that offered the modified program saw their participation rates increase dramatically, as the program was more accessible to students.

Doctors Nova Scotia was very pleased with the uptake of the modified KRC. Aside from keeping KRC alive at schools that would otherwise have dropped out, the modified KRC made it possible to reach 100 percent of the school population, extending the impact of the program significantly. The successful uptake of the modified KRC demonstrated how dedicated Nova Scotia’s teachers are at promoting active, healthy living with our children and youth. Without them, KRC would not be possible.

Dalhousie med students support Kids’ Run Club

For a second year, Doctors Nova Scotia’s KRC partnered with students from Dalhousie University’s School of Medicine. This partnership is three-way win: KRC is enhanced by the addition of highly motivated and engaged future physicians; KRC participants experience being mentored by medical students who lead by example in terms of striving for success and living active, healthy lives; and the medical students gain a greater appreciation for the health of today’s youth. Doctors Nova Scotia is grateful to the medical students who volunteered their time with KRC this year and looks forward to continuing this partnership next year.

Thanks to Kids’ Run Club sponsors

Kids’ Run Club would not be possible without the combined support of Nova Scotia’s doctors and the generous contributions of its sponsors. Doctors Nova Scotia is grateful for the support received from the Nova Scotia Government, Bell Aliant, MD Financial Management, BOYNECLARKE LLP and Clearwater Seafoods.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of our partnership with Nova Scotia’s provincial government. Thanks to this support, KRC has helped a generation of children establish healthy habits, building the foundation for long, active lives.

Show off your KRC on Twitter!

If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @KidsRunClub_DNS – we’d love to see you tweet updates and photos of your KRC. If you’re out being active in your KRC shirt or visor, tweet us a picture of yourself!

For more information about Kids’ Run Club, contact:

Kerry Copeland, KRC Coordinator