Family Fun Day About Decreasing Incidence of Diabetes
Prince George, B.C. – There will be plenty of sunshine and lots of fun at tomorrow’s Games Day being hosted by Diabetes Canada.
The event is all about promoting healthy lifestyles and the earlier the better. According to Diabetes Canada, eleven million Canadians have diabetes or Pre-Diabetes. Many of those with Diabetes have Type 2, which may be managed through a change in diet and increased physical activity.
Boyanne Young is the Northern B.C. branch Coordinator for Diabetes Canada “Diabetes is on the increase in Canada, especially Type two, what we would like to encourage people to do some adaptations to their lifestyles to maybe decrease the percentage of people getting diabetes as they grow older.”
Tomorrow’s event at the South Fort George Family Resource Centre ( on LaSalle Avenue) will feature healthy snacks and a number of activities to get people moving,
At a time when young folks are hooked on video games and tablet games, getting kids away from the screen can be a challenge “It has to be fun” says Young, ” It has to be something they are really looking forward to. It starts in the home with parents saying ‘hey let’s go for a walk’ or trying to get kids involved in a physical activity.”
It’s not just the young ones who need to get active says Young “It’s the adults too, as they grow older. it is in part a change in physical activity from sitting at work all day to coming home and sitting again instead of getting up and getting moving.” She says it could be as simple as taking a walk around the block after dinner “It’s not only for your physical health, it’s also for your mental health as well.”
Games Day starts at 10 tomorrow morning, and runs until 2 p.m.