Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

September 26, 2007 15:58 ET

Canada's New Government Helps to Promote Physical Activity Among Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today before addressing the National Parks and Recreation Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa, made two announcements to promote more physical activity and healthy living among Canadians:

- Announcing a federal investment of $5.4 million over two years for 14 projects across Canada that promote physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weights;

- Re-launching Canada's Physical Activity Guides, which provide information on becoming more active and highlight the benefits that result from improving physical health. The guide is available in versions for children, youth, adults and seniors.

"Canada's New Government continues to move forward on measures that help Canadians to be more active and healthy," said Minister Clement. "To build on our success, today I am proud to announce funding for projects intended to boost physical activity levels, and to re-launch our Canada Physical Activity Guide."

The projects, which will be delivered by non-government organizations in Canada, are national in-scope and provide innovative approaches to increasing physical activity and healthy living among Canadians including youth, families, and individuals with disabilities.

Minister Clement added: "It is time for a change in the way Canadians think about physical activity, because eating poorly and skipping regular exercise will increase the risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and cancer."

To promote physical activity and healthy eating, Canada's New Government has:

- Introduced Canada's first Children's Fitness Tax Credit to help parents with the costs of their children's organized physical activities;

- Revised the Canada Food Guide and released Canada's first ever Food Guide for First Nations, Inuit and Metis;

- Renewed funding for ParticipACTION, after funding had been terminated in 2001;

- Provided annual SummerActive and WinterActive programs in communities across Canada;

- Supported the Concerned Children's Advertisers' Long Live Kids campaign.

In addition to the health impact, the economic costs of physical inactivity and poor eating are significant. In 2001, the economic burden of physical inactivity in Canada was estimated to be $5.3 billion, while the cost associated with obesity was $4.3 billion.

For more information on Canada's Physical Activity Guides, please visit www.phac-aspc.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

CANADA'S NEW GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTHY EATING PROJECTS

Canada's New Government is investing $5.4 million toward national projects delivered by non-government organizations to promote physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weights.

A total of 12 projects will be funded under the Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Contribution Program:

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

An investment of $591,193 to implement Everybody Gets to Play. This project will create accessible recreation opportunities for children and youth living in low-income families, and to further address the healthy eating and physical activity needs of Aboriginals.

Active Healthy Kids Canada

An investment of $394,708 for Canada's Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Youth. The project will provide a comprehensive measurement of how Canada is delivering on its responsibility to provide physical activity opportunities for children and youth and increase awareness and common understanding of the issue of physical inactivity.

The Boys and Girls Club of Canada

An investment of $507,177 to develop and pilot a healthy lifestyle program module, Get B.U.S.Y. The project will increase the capacity of member Clubs, partners and other organizations to lead physical activity and healthy eating programs that engage at-risk children and youth. It will also support the development of youth as role models and leaders of physical activity and healthy eating activities.

The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

An investment of $372,275 for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating; A Project for Children and Youth. The project will help to ensure that teachers, coaches, community leaders and associations are equipped with the necessary knowledge, training, resources and support to include children and youth with disabilities in their physical education and recreation programs.

The Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

$296,189 to implement the Weight of the World Challenge. This project will provide a comprehensive educational toolkit to educate Canadian youth about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in an interesting and challenging way.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

An investment of $237,300 for On the Move. The project will build community capacity to address existing disparities that affect the level of physical activity of girls and young women, and increase knowledge and understanding of effective programming.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

An investment of $163,598 for Mothers In Motion. The project will identify solutions and best practices for increasing physical activity opportunities for mothers of low socio-economic status by engaging with, developing resources for, and increasing awareness among multi-sectoral project stakeholders.

The Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres

An investment of $554,220 for Food for Thought: A Pan-Canadian Initiative Addressing the Healthy Eating Goals of Persons with Disabilities. The project will help ensure that community capacity, partnerships, networks and supportive environments are in place to meet the healthy eating needs of people with disabilities so they can make better, healthier food choices.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

An investment of $264,345 for Enhancing the Effectiveness of PAR-Q and PARmed-X Screening for Physical Activity Participation. The project will increase the effectiveness and utility of the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and Physical Activity Readiness Medical Evaluation (PARmed-X) forms. It will reinforce the fact that becoming more being active is very safe for most Canadians, help reduce barriers to physical activity, identify those who should consult with their health professional before becoming more active, and reduce health care costs associated with medical clearance for physical activity.

The Centre for Sustainable Transportation

An investment of $167,079 to undertake the Child and Youth Friendly Land Use and Transport Planning: Guidelines and Literature Review project. The project will contribute to raising the profile of the needs of children and youth with respect to land-use and transport planning and thereby increasing opportunities for physical activity through daily transport and making guidelines for transportation and land use planning available in every province.

Green Communities Canada

An investment of $423,828 for the Canadian School Travel Planning pilot project. The project will create a comprehensive Canadian school travel plan reflective of regional differences that will help increase the number of children and youth walking and cycling to school, improve personal security and traffic safety, and aid in improving air quality.

Go for Green

An investment of $387,088 for Building Active Transportation Communities in Canada. This project will build, through partnerships, capacity and increase active transportation practices within workplaces, schools and communities at large.

A total of 2 projects will be funded under the Knowledge Development and Exchange Component of the federal Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Initiative:

The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

An investment of $875,000 for the Physical Activity and Sport Monitoring Program. This project will provide up-to-date information on population physical activity levels and related matters for governments, policy and program leaders, academics, researchers, media, and others to address low levels of physical activity in Canada.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

An investment of $169,000 for the Advancing the Future of Physical Activity Measurement and Guidelines project. The project will undertake a scientific review of physical activity guidelines and measurement in Canada with the goal of enhancing the integrity of Guidelines and informing the future of physical activity guidelines and measurement in Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Federal Minister of Health
    Laryssa Waler
    613-957-0200
    or
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    Alain Desroches
    613-948-7970