Physical Activity

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What Can You Do - Youth

Be Aware:

  • that being physically inactive is dangerous to your health.
  • that every bit of physical activity is important, and more is better.
  • that physical activity helps you to do better in school, learn new skills, and feel happier.
  • that daily physical activity helps you to maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your risk for developing certain chronic diseases.
  • of the recommendations in the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.
  • 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:

  • to fit physical activity into your daily routine by choosing to walk, cycle or wheel reasonable distances to get to places like school, work, shopping and visiting friends.
  • by getting together with friends after school for a game of baseball, ball hockey, or basketball.
  • by replacing some of your screen time with physical activity.


Be Involved:

  • by reducing the time you spend sitting/being sedentary throughout the day.
  • by asking a friend to join you for a walk or in trying out a new sport.
  • by exploring local parks and trails with others.
  • in organizing an afterschool running group or leading other physical activities with peers.
  • in school-based clubs, teams, programs and events that support physical activity.

Speak Out:

  • by asking your school principal to install secure bike racks in a highly visible location so you can bike to school.
  • for a school environment that supports you and your peers to be physically active every day.
  • to ensure all students have equal opportunity to be part of your school’s clubs, teams, programs and events that support different interests in physical activity.
  • for a neighbourhood/community that encourages and supports physical activity.
  • by speaking with your mayor or ward councillor about a healthy community design that supports you to safely walk and cycle to places.
  • for well-designed and maintained neighbourhood parks, natural areas and green space.
  • by asking about no cost/low cost physical activity/recreation programming in your community.
  • for policies that ensure access to recreation for all youth in your community.
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