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What is the Ontario First Nations Integrated Health Promotion Strategy (OFNIHPS)? OFNIHPS is a collaboration between Chiefs of Ontario, PTOs’ (Union of Ontario Indians, Nishnawbe‐Aski Nation, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians), Independent First Nations, the Province of Ontario (Ministry of Health & Long Term Care and Tourism, Culture and Sport) and the Government of Canada (Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Ontario Region). It is instrumental in guiding the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) in Ontario.

What do we know? Like you, we are well aware of the gloomy statistics….

Diabetes, three to five times more common among First Nations peoples than in the general population.

First Nations children and youth are at a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Obesity rates soaring in First Nations children.

What are we doing about it? This year we are turning to you as educators, leaders and role models in your community to help change the tide. The benefits of physical activity in the promotion of health and prevention of chronic disease is well documented. OFNIHPS is organizing a school based physical activity challenge, Just Move It Ontario! targeting First Nation elementary schools.

What are we hoping to achieve? By enlisting you, the principal, and your staff in the inaugural Just Move It Ontario! Challenge, we hope that our young children will model healthy living behaviours and gain awareness about the importance of physical activity on a daily basis. Just by joining in, your school will automatically receive an incentive prize!

What would we like to see in the future? We would like to see the Challenge continue annually, thereby fulfilling OFNIHPS’s vision: First Nation peoples and communities will achieve improvements in physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing.

Be sure to visit the Chiefs of Ontario Health Promotion Website:

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