PQ announces plan to fight obesity
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:43PM EST
Jean-Francois wants to get Quebecers moving, and not just to the polls.
The Parti Quebecois leader announced his plan to fight obesity on Sunday. The plan is based off recommendations made by several experts in 2013, when the party was briefly in power under Pauline Marois.
At a press conference in Montreal, PQ critic for healthy living, leisure and sports Sylvain Page said Quebecers of all ages should perform physical activity for at least an hour per day.
He gave the example of school children being encouraged to move during recess and lunch, or even in classrooms with bicycle-desks.
Lise said the PQ’s plans for a healthier Quebec were shelved by the Liberals after the 2014 election, despite promises by the education ministry to keep it.
According to the Quebec Institute of Statistics, 14.6 per cent of the province’s residents over the age of 12 were obese in 2007-08. That number rose to 17.4 per cent in 2013-14.