May 25, 2006
Media Release

Ontario trails...Yours to explore

NEWMARKET Over 24 public health units across Ontario are partnering with local trail associations to promote and raise awareness of physical activity within your own backyard. With over 64,000 km of trails across the province, this one-day event is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of Ontario's natural outdoor fitness facilities.
What: Residents are invited to participate in a guided 4-kilometre hike through the York Regional Forest Trail and part of the Oak Ridges Trail.  Hosted by York Region Health Services Department in partnership with the Natural Heritage and Forestry Services Section of York Region Transportation and Works Department, the hike will be led by a York Region Forest Educator.  Participants will also be encouraged to partake in an informative discussion of the history and natural inhabitants of the York Regional Forest.
When:  Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: York Regional Forest - Hollidge Tract (located at the Regional Forest Headquarters off Highway 48 near Cherry Street, Stouffville)
To register: Contact Cathy Saunders at 1-877-464-9675 extension 4259
Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living recommends accumulating 60 minutes of physical activity every day to achieve health benefits. Being active can help to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, prevent heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, some cancers, and slow bone density loss that occurs with aging. Hiking and walking are both excellent ways to be physically active and reduce your risk for a number of chronic diseases.
The Ontario Trails Strategy is a critical component of the provincial government's ACTIVE 2010 Plan.  This plan aims to increase Ontario's physical activity rate so that by the year 2010, 55 per cent of Ontarians are physically active enough to benefit their health.
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Health Educator Media, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302
For more information on active living, York Region trails, or any other health-related issue, contact Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit
A complete list of Ontario Trails Council trail events across the province, is available at

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