November 25, 2008
Media Release

Going somewhere? Go active!

York Region recommends incorporating physical activity into your daily lifestyle
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York Public Health branch encourages residents who are going somewhere to go active.  An easy and effective way to include physical activity into your day is to incorporate it into things you are already doing. 
 
Incorporating 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity into your day has many health benefits, including decreasing the risk for premature death, heart disease, obesity, high-blood pressure, adult onset of type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and some cancers. 
 
However, despite the many health benefits, finding time to fit physical activity into a busy and hectic lifestyle can be challenging.
 
To incorporate more physical activity into your daily lifestyle, consider using active transportation to get to where you need to go.  Active transportation includes anything that is human-powered.  The most common types of active transportation include walking, cycling, wheeling, rollerblading and skateboarding.
 
Research shows that for every kilometre walked each day, the risk of obesity can decline by 4.8 per cent. More than half all automobile trips are less than five kilometres, and this is an ideal distance to use active transportation.
 
This winter, dress appropriately for the weather conditions and consider using active transportation to:
 
 Walk your children to school instead of driving
 Walk to the nearest bus stop and take public transit to work or school
 Park your vehicle in a parking spot further away from the shopping mall doors and enjoy the walk
 Start or join a workplace or community walking or running club
 Snowshoe or walk to a local market, food establishment or grocery store
 
Using active transportation also helps reduce pollution caused by vehicle emissions.  Each automobile in Canada is responsible for emitting more than its weight in carbon dioxide each year.  A one per cent reduction in automobile trips reduces motor vehicle air pollution emission by two to four per cent.
 
For more information on the benefits of active transportation or to access some of the online resources please visit http://www.york.ca/Services/Public+Health+and+Safety/Healthy+Lifestyles/Go+Active.htm
or call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 
For York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva public transit information, please visit www.yrt.ca or call                                   1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978)
 

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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1235 or After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca