The Premier's Healthy Living Award for Youth recognizes the achievements of young Manitobans who are positive role models for other children and youth in promoting healthy lifestyles. Award recipients will receive a $500 bursary and commemorative medal at a public recognition ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Up to 10 of the most outstanding applicants from across Manitoba will be selected.
Award applicants will have made an outstanding contribution to their school and/or community in one of the following areas:
Physical activity increases energy levels, helps us handle stress better, strengthens the heart and lungs, and helps us reach and maintain a healthy body weight – all important aspects of healthy living.
Healthy eating means choosing wisely when making decisions about what and how much to eat. Eating a variety of healthy foods and the right amount will improve overall health and energy levels. Not only will this help lower our risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, it can improve our sense of well-being.
Supportive and safe relationships, good self-esteem, gender identity and sexual orientation, knowledge about preventing unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are some of the many aspects of healthy sexuality.
Mental Health Promotion
Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. When people are mentally healthy, they experience satisfaction and purpose in life, productivity, personal growth, physical health and positive personal, family and community relationships. Mental health promotion involves working together to create environments that promote and sustain these features of positive mental health and well-being.
Safety and Injury Prevention
Injury, both unintentional and intentional, is a major cause of death, disability and hospitalizations in Manitoba. Aspects include bike safety, farm safety, water safety, suicide, motor vehicle traffic injuries, self-inflicted injuries, falls and fractures, suffocation and choking, and assault.
Substance Use and Addictions
The effects of problematic substance use and gambling in Manitoba have far reaching impacts on individuals, families and communities. Making positive choices around misusing substances and problematic gambling is important to balanced healthy living.
One of the best ways to ensure a healthy population in the future, is to ensure that youth do not start smoking. Tobacco is the only consumer product that causes disease, disability, and death when used exactly as intended.
Applicants must be students registered in Grade 12, and eligible to graduate in 2017. Students must also have made an outstanding healthy living contribution to their school and/or community in one of the specified areas of achievement during their high school experience.
The application and essay will be assessed based on the following criteria:
Complete and submit the application form or apply online here. Submit a reference letter(s) to verify the contribution as described in the application. The reference letter(s) can be from the applicant’s principal, teacher, organization(s) where the healthy living contributions were made. Please ensure that your name and school are reference in the letter.