Young people are taking part in indoor and outdoor activities, as well as nutrition classes through After the Bell programs in the Bridgewater area. Business Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, March 23, over $16,000 in funding for after-school activities in Bridgewater, Hebbville and Petite Riviere communities. “After the Bell introduces young people to countless local activities that they might not otherwise have a chance to try,” Heather Hanlon, program co-ordinator of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Town of Bridgewater. “It’s our hope that each participant will discover something new that they enjoy, and that they will be inspired to continue to try new things and live actively.” After the Bell aims to increase physical activity in youth ages 12 to 15-years-old, with a priority to involve girls. Research shows just 21 per cent of girls meet the daily standard of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Last year, 79 per cent of the 1,958 After the Bell participants were girls. “It’s important to live a balanced lifestyle of healthy eating and physical activity,” said Mr. Furey. “Through After the Bell, we are building on the efforts to help youth grow up to be happy and healthy.” Groups that receive After the Bell funding can decide which activities they would like to run based on the needs of their community. Activities are offered in partnership with local municipalities and community groups. Government is investing $282,000 in After the Bell projects in 67 communities across the province.
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