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Healthy Living: Promoting Physical Activity In Canadian Communities

Innovative partnerships to help Canadians achieve healthier living

News Release: Government of Canada investments in Healthy Living initiatives

Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians and helps to prevent chronic diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The Government of Canada is advancing innovative partnerships, particularly with the private sector, to promote healthy living and reduce obesity and other risk factors that can lead to more serious health problems. Everyone has a role to play in promoting healthy living.

The Healthy Living initiatives for the Greater Toronto Area, funded under the Public Health Agency of Canada's Healthy Living Fund, amount to more than $400,000 over two years.

The projects are:

  • Ready, Set, Go: Educators as Key Intermediaries to Support Physical Activity Guidelines - Funding of $197,529 to the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Toronto) to increase the capacity of Canadian educators to promote physical activity among children, youth, and their parents. In this project, tools will be developed and disseminated to support the implementation of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • The Benefits of Physical Activity for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Canadians: Sharing Knowledge and Community Leading Practices - Funding of $57,865 to St. Elizabeth Health Care (Etobicoke) to develop and deliver targeted, culturally relevant messages to community health and recreation workers and encourage integration of physical activity guidelines in all community-based programs for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
  • Active Healthy Aging - Funding of $157,664 to the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (Dufferin-Caledon) to support the development and dissemination of tools and resources that will promote active healthy aging.
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