UpLift

Healthy children lead better lives and build stronger communities. Success comes from sustained efforts of time. It starts by building a movement. Poor eating habits, sedentary behaviour, and lack of sleep are key risk factors among children and youth that can impair learning and lead to the development of chronic diseases that can last a lifetime. Enter, UpLift, for healthier generations!

Dr. Sara Kirk, a Professor of Health Promotion in the School of Health and Human Performance, and the Scientific Director of the Healthy Populations Institute, along with cardiac surgeon and researcher Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen, were the catalyst for UpLift, a research project created to empower students to be change leaders, improving health and learning, based on local evidenced-based success.  

Uplift is about strengthening our collective action to support the health and wellbeing of children and youth within their school communities. We do this through fostering partnerships across parents, youth, teachers, community groups and local businesses to create the conditions that allow youth to learn and prosper. UpLift empowers children and youth to take the lead in creating school communities that are healthy, vibrant, caring and connected. Priority-setting for UpLift is supported by an Advisory Committee of key stakeholders, currently co-chaired by representatives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. UpLift builds on the best evidence and research. The impact of UpLift will continually be evaluated to ensure ongoing success and sustainability.

DMRF is pleased to support UpLift, because we believe that healthy kids, build strong and prosperous communities, and we're not alone in this belief. On Friday May 10 2019, the Minister of Health for the Government of Canada, the Honourable Ginette C. Petitpas Taylor will host a special announcement regarding UpLift. This event is open to the public and will be held at West Highlands Elementary School, 18 Maltby Court, Amherst.

We hope you can make it in person, but to ensure you won't miss the announcment, there will be a life broadcast from UpLift's Facebook page. 

Please follow UpLift on social media:

WEBSITE: www.upliftns.ca
TWITTER: @UpLiftNS
FACEBOOK: upliftns
YOUTUBE: Uplift Nova Scotia