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Physical Activity

What Can You Do - Community

Be Aware:

  • that physical activity is important to the health of all individuals within your community, and for the health of your community overall.
  • that the children and youth in your community who are participating in regular physical activity do better in school.
  • that children who establish adequate physical activity patterns in early childhood tend to be more active later in life.
  • that youth who participate in physical activity during the afterschool period are less likely to engage in risky behaviours such as drug use and sexual activity.
  • that physical activity is important for improving and maintaining quality of life.
  • that physical inactivity contributes significantly to rising healthcare costs for treating coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, colon and breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
  • ·of the recommendations in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for various age groups and special populations – Early Years (0 – 4 years), Children and Youth (5 – 17 years), Adults, Older Adults and Special Populations
  • that a healthy vibrant community with opportunities for physical activity and active transportation can benefit economically from increased tourism etc.
  • ·of physical activity and healthy communities information/resources available to you and your community by contacting the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit “Health Connection” line at 705-721-7520 or toll free at 1-877-721-7520.

Make It Easy:

  • by sharing the road safely with cyclists and supporting active transportation.
  • by being cautious and supportive of children and youth who are walking or cycling to school.
  • by encouraging and supporting children and youth to enjoy active play every day.

Be Involved:

  • in organizing physical activity opportunities for members of your community.
  • in supporting active and safe routes to school in your neighbourhood.
  • to ensure there are no cost / low cost physical activity programs for all ages.
  • with the care and maintenance of neighbourhood trails, parks and green space.
  • with neighbours to ensure a healthy and safe community. 

Speak Out:

  • for a community that encourages and supports physical activity and active transportation in a variety of ways such as land use, infrastructure, policies, programs and events.
  • By talking with your mayor or ward councillor about a healthy community design such as sidewalks and pathways that supports citizens to safely walk and cycle.
  • for Complete Streets that are designed for all ages, abilities, and modes of travel.
  • for a community that provides safe and comfortable access for pedestrians, bicycles, transit users and the mobility-impaired.
  • for traffic calming measures such as zebra crossings and speed bumps.
  • for well-designed and maintained parks, natural settings and green space.
  • for policies that ensure access to recreation for all members of the community.
  • By asking businesses to create a supportive environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
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