A healthy lifestyle includes healthy eating, daily physical activity, reducing sedentary behaviour, being sun safe, and regular cancer screening. In addition to the lifestyle choices you make, your health is also shaped by the kind of environment you and your family live, work, learn and play in as well as the policies that impact your daily life.
Being physically active and minimizing time spent sitting (sedentary behaviour) is an important way to maintain the good health you currently enjoy and reduce your risk of many chronic diseases. Being involved in your community and speaking out for changes that will make your community a healthy place to live can also make a difference in your health and the overall health of your community.
Research now shows you don't have to run a marathon to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and improve your health. Pick an activity you enjoy, find ways to fit it into your daily routine, and have fun being active. For ideas to get you and your family moving, and what you can do to make changes in your community, check out the links on this page.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit works with many community groups and organizations towards building healthier communities. Check out the following links: Health Eating, Sun Safety and Cancer for more information to help you build a lifetime of good health.