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Federal funding creates healthy living opportunities for youth through arts and technology in Arviat

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A young Inuk student from Arviat gets ready to spin the Atii! Let's do it! Gameshow Wheel. A young Inuk student from Arviat gets ready to spin the Atii! Let's do it! Gameshow Wheel. Arviat Atii Project

ARVIAT, NUNAVUT (July 11, 2013) - Inuit youth in Arviat are participating in an innovative new community-based project that will help children, youth and their families.

The project is called Atii! Let’s Do it!: A comprehensive healthy-living intervention for children, youth and families in Inuit Communities in Nunavut, and is led by the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre.

The Atii project is one of nine projects under the Government of Canada's Innovation Strategy: Achieving Healthier Weights in Canada’s Communities. The funding was announced July 8, 2013 by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Nunavut.

“This is a wonderful federal initiative,” said lead researcher Shirley Tagalik with the Arviat Wellness Centre. “Arviat was funded in Phase 1 to complete nutritional profiles for our 6-12 year olds. That information is very disturbing and shows how poor a diet our children have.”

The project will provide Inuit children and youth with opportunities to learn about healthy food choices, traditional Inuit harvesting and the promotion of healthy living in the community, while providing opportunities for children and youth to practice good decision making through both the Atii! Gameshow and the Atii! Let's Do it! app.

“This new funding for Phase 2 will enable our youth to continue to develop healthy lifestyle messages and to share these messages through interactive iPad/iPod applications targeting Inuit children and youth. Everyone is very excited about this opportunity for youth-to-youth messaging for a better, healthier life,” said Tagalik.

Over the summer a media team of four Inuit students will be working with a focus on improving the game show's educational aspects and interactive app development.

“We'd like to thank the Government of Canada and the Hamlet of Arviat for supporting this project,” said Grade 12 John Arnalukjuak High School student, Shelton Nipisar. “This project is important to Arviat because many young Inuit students from our community are able to learn about careers in environmental science, health promotion, media communications and technologies.”

Funding for the project is being provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and the Hamlet of Arviat's Wellness Committee, with support from the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Research Institute, Arviat Film Society and Arviat Cultural Eco-Tourism (ACE) initiative.

For more information, contact:

Corrina Tugak
Arviat Wellness Centre Media Team     
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867-857-8600

Shelton Nipisar
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Arviat Wellness Centre Media Team    
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