Drop the Pop campaign awards schools $18k

(Photo courtesy of the GNWT)

Over a dozen schools have been chosen as the winners of the Drop the Pop campaign.

Out of 45 participating schools, 16 have been chosen for the monetary award, ranging from $500 to $1,875.

The Drop the Pop campaign is supported by the department of Health and Social Services to recognize schools and their efforts in creating an annual awareness campaign focused on healthy eating and living in the community.

(Photo courtesy of Ecole St. Joseph School)


“Sugary beverages and low-nutrient food can negatively affect children’s health. Drop the Pop provides learning opportunities for students about how food choices are important to their health as they grow,” says Diane Thom, minister of Health and Social Services.

The recipients for this year’s awards are Angik School, Chief Paul Niditchie School, Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School, Chief Sunrise Education Centre, Deninu School, Paul William Kaesar High School, Princess Alexandra School, Charles Yohin School, Chief Julian Yendo School, Deh Gah Elementary and Secondary School, Echo-Dene School, Louie Norwegian School, Territorial School, Ecole St. Joseph School, Mildred Hall School and K’alemi Dene School N’dilo.

Princess Alexandra School wins the maximum award for its efforts in creating a display board comparing the sugar content in a variety of drinks, including regular morning announcements promoting healthy living tips and by offering milk for breakfast.

This is the 14th year for the Drop the Pop campaign.

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