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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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