B.a.M Program Hits Cape Breton

A NEW Program for Cape Breton has arrived.

B.a.M (Body & Mind) Program for teens kicks off on March 30 & 31 at the Inverary Resort, Baddeck with three schools participating from Victoria County, along with schools from Strait, Inverness, Richmond, CB Region, First Nations, CBRM.

Contributing partners includes NS Health & Wellness, CBVRSB, Addiction Services, Municipalities, etc.

Three participating schools from Victoria County includes: Wagmatcooke’wey, Cabot School & Baddeck Academy.

BAM – Is a school based program supported by an adult champion (school staff) to increase healthy active lifestyles among youth.

BAM will provide participants with the required resources and tools to develop action plans for their schools & communities. There is no charge for the conference and meals and accommodations are included.

Youth and Adult Champions – will return to their schools and work with their respected BAM teams on a weekly basis to increase physical activity and healthy living initiatives.

-Participants, grades 8-12, work with a team of students in their school to develop active healthy living initiatives.

-Participants inspire other youth to become active leaders in their school and community.

-Participants build their resume for future educational and employment opportunities.

-Participants attend a free action packed weekend with peers from across Cape Breton on Friday March 30th to Sunday April 1st 2012).

-Participants spend a minimum of 4 hours per week with the BAM Action Team, developing and delivering healthy living initiatives in your school

The goal is to develop leaders and they’ll go back to their schools and communities to make a difference in Physical Activity & Healthy Eating with resources to do so.

Each school has 6-8 students participating with 1-2 Adult Champions = the B.a.M Team for their respective school and communities.

This is a program that has been piloted in the Annapolis Valley, so feeding off the successes, strengths from the experiences of the Valley Program benefitting Cape Breton Youth and Communities.

Hoping to increase VC schools, Iona, in the near future…this is a start. Wanted to focus on Cabot as a very rural north victoria county school who would benefit, and for our first nation school as they’ll definitely benefit as their health risks are double of ours.

About Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator for the Municipality of the County of Victoria
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