"We recognized the need to develop a broad community-based approach that would find a solution to this urgent health issue," said Arnie Arnott, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Blue Cross. "Our donation created a breakthrough pathway for young people in Saskatchewan to connect with a new obesity prevention program. The MEND program, delivered at the University of Saskatchewan, is the first of its kind in our province and we're actively promoting its message."
Presently in Canada, more than a quarter of children ages two to 17 are overweight or obese. In Saskatchewan the problem is even more pronounced with a rate of over 29 per cent.
"We are very pleased our partnership will further the goal of Saskatchewan Blue Cross to expand MEND into other areas of Saskatchewan," said Jerry Shoemaker on behalf of Sport, Culture and Recreation. "Together we are clearing obstacles and creating a way for young people to connect with the MEND program outside of Saskatoon. We are committed to the issue of childhood obesity by partnering with the U of S and MEND to promote physical activity through sport for children."
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