TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has teamed up with The Running Room, native police departments and excessive faculties throughout Canada to teach feminine college students about psychological health and the advantages of bodily exercise by way of the Run for It program.
“Studies show exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain as anti-depressant drugs,” said Valerie Taylor, psychiatrist-in-chief at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. “The goal of the program is to empower young girls with the knowledge and training needed to take their mental wellness into their own hands.”
Run for It is a six week program obtainable at choose native excessive faculties in fifteen cities throughout Canada. It is a psychological health schooling program that gives feminine highschool college students aged 12 to 19 with info and methods for managing psychological health whereas additionally incorporating coaching for a 5 km race.
“Shoppers Drug Mart has always been a proud champion of putting Women’s Health first,” commented Lisa Gibbs, director group funding, Shoppers Drug Mart. “Our goal through this program is to boost confidence and help young women across Canada gain coping strategies to improve their mental wellness.”
At the top of the six weeks, the youth are able to take part to take part within the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women of their metropolis. The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is Canada’s first and solely women’s and women’ operating race collection. Proceeds from every run profit native women’s psychological health initiatives.
“The solution to the growing concern on mental health requires total community collaboration and action,” famous John Stanton, founder Running Room. “Exercise, combined with clinical care, are both powerful and proven antidotes to assist a vast variety of mental health issues, most importantly the personal empowerment and support of the individual.”
The program was launched in 2015 with the endorsement of the York Regional Police in Ontario. In its first yr (2015) this system concerned three faculties and 150 college students. In 2016, it grew to 44 faculties and 561 college students throughout Unionville, Ottawa and Winnipeg.
This yr marks the nationwide launch of this system in fifteen cities to coincide with the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run For Women, together with: Unionville, Moncton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Kitchener –Waterloo, Edmonton, Oakville, Quebec City, Regina, Montreal, London, Toronto, Calgary, St. John’s.