The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Residents encouraged to build their own physical activity toolkit

WHITBY, ON June 01, 2015 – Durham Region Health Department is encouraging you and your family to be physically active this summer and “Build Your Own Physical Activity Toolkit" online.

Using this online resource, residents can select a variety of ideas to include in their toolkit to help them be more physically active. Tips for walking, sitting less, tools for planning activities, and ideas for ways to be active as a family, are just a few of the suggestions that can be found in the resources.

“Being active is achievable for everyone and although cost or lack of time may seem like common barriers, they don’t have to prevent you from getting enough physical activity” said Kristen Reinink, public health nurse.  “By building your own toolkit, residents can pick the resources that are most helpful to them in meeting their goals. There are many low-cost and no-cost activity ideas and tips for building physical activity into the work or school day.”

Getting enough physical activity every day is important for both children and adults. Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, while adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Meeting these requirements can improve health, learning, concentration and your ability to cope with stress.

Ms. Reinink noted that the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games would be a great way to get everyone inspired to be active. “With the Games coming to the Durham area this summer, you can have your own competition with family and friends to see who can get the most physical activity. We encourage everyone to start their own challenge and Build Your Own Physical Activity Toolkit!” For more information call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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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.