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Drop the Pop winners announced and new campaign begins

YELLOWKNIFE (December 9, 2015) – The Department of Health and Social Services’ annual Drop the Pop campaign will soon begin in schools across the NWT.

This is the 10th year of the pan-territorial campaign, which is part of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) commitment to support Healthy Choices. Schools across the North that participated last year were eligible to be acknowledged with a cash award for their efforts to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

A total of 15 NWT schools are being recognized as winners for their activities from the 2014 campaign. The theme for last year was Healthy, Traditional Drinks. Schools were asked to choose healthy beverages, such as teas and broths made from traditional, natural sources.  There were many wonderful examples of activities on this theme sent in by the schools. The winning schools will share a total of $16,000 in cash prizes.

“Congratulations to all the winners as well as everyone who participates in the campaign every year,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “Prevention and education, starting with our children, are the best ways to help create healthy, supportive environments for our schools, families and communities and deliver on the Legislative Assembly’s goal of healthy, educated people.”

These awards kick off the 2014-2015 Drop the Pop campaign, which will celebrate its 10th year by revisiting a past theme, Water, Right from the Tap!, as a way to promote the best, most traditional drink in the north.

The Department of Health and Social Services works closely with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment to provide health promotion and prevention initiatives that encourage healthy eating.

Sugary drink consumption – including pop and energy drinks – is very high in the NWT.  Too much sugar leads to high rates of dental diseases such as cavities.  Drinking too many sugary drinks also leads to childhood obesity.

For more information, visit the Drop the Pop website at dropthepopnwt.hss.gov.nt.ca, the Health and Social Services website at www.hss.gov.nt.ca or the Healthy Choices website at www.choosenwt.com.

The Healthy Choices Framework is the GNWT’s initiative to encourage NWT residents to make the right choices to protect their health, safety and well-being.  Healthy Eating is one of the pillars of the Framework intended to help meet the priority of the 17th Assembly to ensure a fair and sustainable health care system by investing in prevention, education, and awareness.

 

For more information contact:

Damien Healy
Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel:           (867) 920-8927
Email:   damien_healy@gov.nt.ca