U of S, Saskatchewan Blue Cross and SaskSport announce childhood obesity prevention program in northern Saskatchewan

Saskatoon – The U of S announced today the expansion of a program that aims to fight the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan. The program is called MEND, which stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, and Do It.

MEND inspires children and families to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives by changing behaviours that cause obesity. The expansion was made possible through partnerships with Saskatchewan Blue Cross and SaskSport.

“We want to teach the youth in our province the necessary skills to make healthy choices while providing them with the knowledge they need to continue long after the program ends,” said Carol Rodgers, dean of the College of Kinesiology. “Because of MEND, families have been able to experience a significant lifestyle change and continue to be supported with any challenges they might run into.”

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