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News Release

New online resources offered to promote physical activity this fall

WHITBY, ON October 14, 2014

Durham Region Health Department is encouraging residents to be physically active this fall with the help of new online resources, including a walking web page, a section with ideas for physical activity games for kids and a listing of free activities in Durham Region.

The new walking web page includes tips to encourage area residents to start walking and make walking part of every day. This web page outlines the health benefits of walking and includes tips for staying motivated, and planning and tracking progress.

The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on physical activity for children and youth recommends that parents regularly plan physical activities for their children and family on evenings, weekends and holidays.

“Children who have parents that role model physical activity tend to be more active,” said Mary June Peacock, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “The fall season is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the changing colours and leave technology behind.”

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, children and youth require at least 60-minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day, while adults require at least 150-minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week for health benefits. “Walking is the number one physical activity in Canada, is easy for most people to do, is low cost and has many health benefits,” Ms. Peacock noted. “Walking and active games are fun ways that families can achieve the health benefits of physical activity.”

To access these new resources, including the walking web page, active games for kids, the listing of free activities in your community or to order a Walking Guide, call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Alicia Cowan – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2952

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For more information, please contact Health Department.