AMA Youth Run Club wraps up another season!

July 12, 2017

Kerri Murray, EAS; Janet Boyer, AMA; Dylan Fougere, Some Other Solutions; Hayley Degaust, EAS; Dr. Padraic Carr, AMA; Brian Torrance, EAS; unknown, SOS

With the season-end Fun Run event in Fort McMurray on May 25, the AMA Youth Run Club ended its fourth school-year season with a record 27,000 kids running, in 455 schools, in 154 Alberta communities.

“For four years, Ever Active Schools – our partner in the AMA Youth Run Club – has been reaching out to schools across Alberta, introducing them to this infectiously energetic, school-based, physical activity program that is such a source of joy and satisfaction to all who get involved,” commented AMA President Dr. Padraic Carr, as he brought greetings to the 200-plus Fort McMurray students, teachers and families attending the event in MacDonald Island Park.

The event marked the second run event for the Youth Run Club and the first time the club has ventured to a northern Alberta community; to date, launch events have been held at Youth Run Club schools in Calgary, Cochrane and Edmonton, and the inaugural run event was held on April 8 at William Hawrelak Park. The run events were both so successful and popular that more will be planned for the 2017-18 season! (Read about the April 8 Live Active Community Fun Run on page 23, May/June 2017 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest.)

Advocate for health at your local school

As the flagship program of AMA Many Hands, the YRC’s CHAMPions campaign provides physicians, residents and medical students with the opportunity to serve as a source of good health inspiration and education to their patients, families and other community members. With its focus on the development of life-long healthy habits – both physical and mental – for children and youth, the AMA YRC provides a variety of ways for members to engage with students, teachers and families.

Over the course of the past 2016-17 school year, 12 YRC CHAMPions (volunteer physicians, residents and medical students), sometimes in teams of two, visited a dozen schools to give School Health Advocacy Talks, using the helpful resource of the seven Talk Tip Sheets on the AMA website. Still other physicians got involved with the Youth Run Club through supporting and attending the Fun Run events (see AMA YRC photo gallery).

Edmonton physician, Dr. Marc Bibeau, who attended the Live Active Community Fun Run with his son, Luc commented, “It was really encouraging to see so many friends, old and new, lace-up and hit the trails! Although a chilly morning, we were readily warmed by the enthusiasm of the AMA YRC Team and the many volunteers. Both Luc and I look forward to participating in future AMA YRC events.” (See How can I get involved with the YRC? for more information.)

Thank You!

The AMA and EAS thank all of our 2016-17 YRC CHAMPions for their kind and generous contribution of time and support to the AMA Youth Run Club. We look forward to working with our CHAMPions in 2017-18, as we implement new strategies to increase our school-physician/resident/medical student partnerships.

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.