The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Tell us how you plan to stay active this Family Day at #ActiveDurham

WHITBY, ON February 11, 2014 - Family Day is Feb. 17 and Durham Region Health Department wants to know if area residents plan to enjoy their day by being physically active. Residents are encouraged to follow the Health Department on Twitter @durhamhealth and submit their favourite way to keep physically active during Family Day using #ActiveDurham.

“The Health Department is asking local residents to tell us if they have a regular Family Day tradition that helps them to keep physically active or if they are looking to try new activities,” explained Mary June Peacock, a public health nurse with the Health Department. ”Family Day provides a great opportunity to be active while connecting with family and friends. We hope that people will share their ideas and gain new tips from others through this interaction.”

As part of this campaign, the Health Department is also offering a free physical activity family toolkit to help residents get moving. With this toolkit, you can set an activity goal, make a plan to be active and keep track of activities.

“Research shows that most of us are not getting enough physical activity to help maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Ms. Peacock.

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults need at least two and a half hours of activity each week while children and youth need a minimum of one hour of moderate to vigorous activity each day to achieve health benefits. This should include activities that make your heart beat faster and cause you to sweat a little.

“With a little planning, you and your family can have some fun participating in winter activities together,” added Ms. Peacock. “Enjoying a winter walk at the zoo, walking to a local park for some tobogganing or walking to a local recreation centre for family swim time are just a few of the many ways to help you be active.”

To order your free toolkit or for winter activity tips, visit or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.



Media Inquiries:
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999