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Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club. Overview, Background, Benefits Presented by [organization or individual]. AMA Youth Run Club – Origin. P artnership between Ever Active Schools and Alberta Medical Association (AMA) – late 2012

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Alberta medical association ama youth run club

Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club

Overview, Background, Benefits

Presented by

[organization or individual]


Ama youth run club origin

AMA Youth Run Club – Origin

  • Partnership between Ever Active Schools and Alberta Medical Association (AMA) – late 2012

    • Joint concern about low rates of kids’ physical activity

    • Joint concern about future health impacts of inactivity

  • AMA Youth Run Club – modeled on Doctors Nova Scotia’s “Kids’ Run Club”

    • Developed by Doctors Nova Scotia in 2004

    • Award-winning (awards from CICH & CPHA)

    • Now in year 10 in NS – 17,500 students, 260 schools


Ama youth run club goals

AMA Youth Run Club - Goals

  • Main goals:

    • Increase kids’ activity levels

      • Only 1 in 10 Canadian kids active enough

    • Decrease kids’ recreational screen time

      • Average is >5 hours/day; decrease to 1-2 hours/day

    • Educate kids on the benefits of being active

    • Positively effect long-term healthy lifestyle habits

  • Other goals:

    • Increase community engagement

    • Develop youth leaders

    • Develop school champions


Ama youth run club early results

AMA Youth Run Club – Early Results

  • Small-scale pilot test April-June 2013

    • 74 schools across Alberta (exceeded target of 20)

    • Approx. 50% rural and 50% urban

    • 4,000+ kids

    • Very successful, positive feedback

  • 2013-14 goal – 200 schools across Alberta

    • More than 200 schools as of late 2013

    • About 10,000 students participating

    • List of schools & locations(http://everactive.org/alberta-medical-association-youth-run-club)


Ama youth run club what it is

AMA Youth Run Club – What It Is

  • Free; no cost

  • Inclusive for all fitness levels

    • Walk/run approach

    • Non-competitive

  • Adaptable for kids from kindergarten to Grade 12

  • Coach – teacher, parent, community, peer leader

  • Flexible – school decides how to adapt and implement

    • What ages/grades

    • When – lunch, before or after school, recess

    • How many times a week


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AMA Youth Run Club – What It Is …

  • Year-long recommended for maximum benefit

    • Fall/spring running; alternative sport activity in winteror

    • Some schools run throughout the winter, too

  • Option of template programs – goal of a “virtual” marathon/half-marathon

    • 14 to 21 runs – done over 4 weeks to several months

    • Finish with a final “fun run” (2.1, 4.2 or 5 km)

  • Schools register their club by signing up online

    • www.everactive.org/alberta-medical-association-youth-run-club


Ama youth run club supports

AMA Youth Run Club - Supports

  • Resources

    • Coach’s handbook & runner’s handbook

    • Running log

    • “Eat, move, play challenge”

    • Initial form letter to adapt and send to parents

    • Regular e-newsletter for coaches (with tips, ideas)

  • AMA Youth Run Club Coordinator Hayley Degaust

    • Phone or email advice

    • On-site school visit on request

  • Incentives

    • End of year finisher’s prize for participants

    • Contests schools can enter throughout the year


Ama youth run club important health messages

AMA Youth Run Club – Important Health Messages

  • In development – to reinforce health messages:

    • Physician volunteers to visit run clubs on request to present a “Tip of the Week” topic:

      • Benefits of physical activity

      • Limiting screen time

      • Sun safety

      • Injury prevention

      • Other health topics

    • Connections between run clubs and local PCNs

    • Increasing other partnerships


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AMA Youth Run Club – Latest Results


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