History - Québec en Forme


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Québec en Forme was founded in 2002, following a partnership agreement between the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation and the Quebec government to promote physical fitness among disadvantaged children aged 4 to 12 years.

Québec en Forme is aligned with the international health promotion movement initiated in the mid-1980s. The Ottawa Charter, signed in 1986 by 38 countries assembled under the auspices of the World Health Organization, Health and Welfare Canada, and the Canadian Public Health Association, established the key principles of health promotion and identified positive health factors. Socio-economic factors such as income, education, profession, working conditions and mental health have a significant impact on behaviours such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, eating habits and physical activity.

At the turn of the millennium, the Quebec government launched a number of initiatives to take action on these health-determining factors.

  • A national public health program was developed for 2003-2012;
  • An intergenerational forum (Le Forum des générations) was held in 2004;
  • In 2005, Jean Perreault, then-mayor of Sherbrooke, led a task force on how to improve young people's lifestyle habits, and submitted his Investir pour l'avenir (Investing in the future) report to government bodies;
  • A 2006-2012 government action plan to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent weight-related problems was developed by seven provincial departments and several government agencies.

These recommendations resulted in the introduction, on June 8, 2007, of the Loi instituant le Fonds pour la promotion des saines habitudes de vie, which was unanimously passed by the National Assembly.

It was within this context that a second partnership agreement was signed, according to which the Quebec government and Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation pledged to invest a total of $480 million.

This agreement was accompanied by a new mandate: to promote healthy eating and physical activity among youth aged 0 to 17 years across Quebec, with a focus on underprivileged youth.

The newly established Société de gestion du Fonds pour la promotion des saines habitudes de vie received 25% of the total funding for major national and regional projects, while Québec en Forme received 75% for local community initiatives.

To ensure greater consistency among strategies and create a synergy among all funded projects, the Quebec government and Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation decided to bring the two organizations closer together, a move that would also help to simplify and standardize practices.

In October 2010, the Société de gestion du Fonds pour la promotion des saines habitudes de vie (2007) and Québec en Forme (2002) were merged into a new entity that would operate under the name Québec en Forme and would be devoted to promoting healthy lifestyle habits among Quebec youth aged 0 to 17 years.

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