Government of Canada promotes healthy lifestyles through dance
“We are proud to partner with Canada’s National Ballet School. The unique Sharing Dance programs not only provide an opportunity for children and youth to get active and improve physical literacy in a safe and fun environment, but also promote healthy ageing, both physically and mentally, for older adults.”
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
“NBS is thrilled that the Public Health Agency of Canada recognizes the impactful role dance provides for better health through movement with our Sharing Dance programs, making this one of the first federally funded national public health intervention strategies at this scale that is an arts program. Providing funds to nationally expand these dynamic programs indicates the importance and value that Canadians place on the arts, and dance specifically, as a means of transforming lives and enhancing quality of life.”
Mavis Staines, C.M. DHumL
Artistic Director and CEO, Canada’s National Ballet School
80% of adults and 90% of children do not meet physical activity guidelines; approximately six out of ten adults and one out of three children and youth are overweight or obese.
As a sustainable activity throughout life, dance provides added benefits not typically obtained through traditional sport, such as improved gait, posture and balance.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is investing nearly $5 million in funding over five years in the Sharing Dance programs.
This partnership project is funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Multi-sectoral Partnerships Approach to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease. Through this approach, the Agency hasinvested $49 million, and leveraged an additional $43 million from partners, to promote healthy eating, physical activity and wellness, and to address common risk factors that underlie major chronic disease.
The project supports the Government’s vision for a healthy Canada, a holistic and pragmatic approach to health that focuses on healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy mind.
Office of Jane Philpott
Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
Director of Communications
Canada’s National Ballet School
416-964-3789 Ext. 2100
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