Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle0
Chile Signs Elige Vivir Sano Policy Into Law
Rather than just being a program, Chile’s Elige Vivir Sano project has become a part of the law. The program encourages healthy living, particularly through increased physical activity and healthy eating.
Photo: José Manuel de la Maza, Photo Presidencia
The dignitaries were able to wear more casual footwear than usual to the signing of the law, so we may soon see sporting competitions taking place in the gardens of La Moneda…
While Elige Vivir Sano focuses on the health of the general population and getting everybody leading healthier lifestyles, an important project for Chile’s best athletes was launched on the other side of town.
The ADO+ program will see extra funding for Chile’s best athletes. Rather than programs such as the Australian Institute of Sport, the ADO+ program will simply pay a benefit to each athlete under the categories of Citius, Altius, Fortius, Avanzado and Proyección. Each level works on a sliding scale, with the Citius reserved for Chile’s top athletes.
The key part of the payment is that each athlete making up the program will have part of the payment included in their pension fund – with a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 50% going towards their future.
These two initiatives show some focus to the often said claim that the aim is to “turn Chile into a country of athletes”. The real benefit of this program is the focus on a wide variety of sports. Success at the elite level will encourage a trickle down effect, while government programs encouraging healthy living will spread the message throughout the population.