Assembly of First Nations
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

First Nations' Public Health

AFN Challenge to First Nations

Teams and students from across Canada can sign up for the 2nd AFN Challenge to First Nations and raise awareness for the positive link between controlling diabetes and healthy living.

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The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is proud to present the 2nd Challenge to First Nations. The Challenge is a three-month national fitness challenge and contest designed to raise awareness about the positive link between healthy living and controlling diabetes amongst First Nations peoples.

Diabetes has become a disabling and deadly disease for many Canadians, but First Nations continue to suffer with a level that is three to five times higher with higher rates than Inuit people and comparable or higher than M├ętis people. First Nations diabetes affects everyone; the burden weighs heavily on the individual, families, community, and nation.

The contest is not strictly for diabetics, it is to encourage ALL First Nations people to participate and understand the importance of daily physical activities.

1st Challenge to First Nations – 2008

The AFN Challenge to First Nations was officially launched on August 15, 2008. It ran for 3 months with 42 teams from across Canada entering, with BC having the highest number of entries at 19 teams. The challenge wrapped up on November 14th, World Diabetes Day. Team sizes range from 5 to 10 members and ages ranged from 10-80 years old. Team members included chiefs, councilors, health managers, youth, First Nations band offices, elders, and community leaders.

2nd Challenge to First Nations – 2009

The Assembly of First Nations is calling on teachers for help in organizing this year’s Fitness Challenge which is aimed at First Nations students. The Challenge will run for four (4) weeks in October/November 2009 beginning on October 15

The 2nd AFN Challenge to First Nations is intended to target First Nations school-age children and youth (Grades 1 – 6). Teachers will organize their classes into teams to participate in daily physical activities. The teachers will be responsible for submitting the entry forms, tracking sheets and Challenge surveys.

Prizes Include:

  • Pittsburgh Penguin Hockey Jersey autographed by Kris Letang secured by Dan Frawley, former Pittsburgh Penguin captain
  • One -day community fitness training with Ultra-marathon runner Ray Zahab
  • Nike Air Native N7 shoes for the entire team
  • Painting by Harry Wilmot entitled “Life Partners”
  • And Many More!

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