Proposed cuts to sport and recreation could hinder health of northern communities

Dunleavy, Natalie
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1129
Academic Journal
The article reports on the proposed 40% cut in sport and recreation programming and its impact on health in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The author stated that the NWT government slashed $2 million from the $5 million budget of the NWT Sport and Recreation Partners organization, who believed that program delivery in the communities will suffer the most. Meanwhile, the Get Active program has challenged NWT communities to log their physical activity hours and provide monthly progress reports. Moreover, the purpose of the program is to promote the benefits of being physically active such as reducing the risk of developing diseases and increasing a sense of well-being.


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