A physically active life is an important component in chronic disease prevention
It is important to recognize that physical activity is closely linked to many social determinants of health which become barriers to healthy and active living. – For example, people living on low-income in sub-standard, precarious housing situation or unsafe neighbourhood have stresses and priorities which make a focus on physical activity difficult. This can trap people in a feedback loop: being physically inactive increases a person's likelihood of developing chronic disease, which in turn often makes physical activity yet more difficult.
As a society, we need to focus attention to how Canada can change some of the factors that affect many people's ability to lead a physically active lifeand make it easier for all Canadians to be physically active.
Where can you go for more information?
Health Nexus resources
Best Start Resource Centre has an extensive list of resources on nutrition topics for parents and young children.
Have a Ball Together!
Obesity and the Healthcare Provider. Eating & Moving Well to Prevent & Treat Obesity: Building our Capacity to Support Behavioural Change (PDF)
- Social determinants of health in Canada: Are healthy living initiatives there yet? A policy analysis. Dana Gore and Anita Kothari, International Journal for Equity in Health.
A policy analysis of how economic and political policies can affect public health outcomes and what the health sector can do to promote greater health equity.
- Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Background Information (The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and ParticipACTION,
The Canadian Guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour are available in English, French, and other languages for various age groups.
- Take Action: A Guide For Those Working Towards Getting Children And Youth More Physically Active (PDF)
Provides information about physical activity and sport, participation, school, family and peers, and the built environment. Available in English and French.
- Improving the Health of Canadians: Promoting Healthy Weights (Canadian Institute for Health Information)
This report looks at the features of the environments that make it easier - or harder - for Canadians to make choices that promote healthy weights.