Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

Active Living Guide

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has developed a guide containing physical activity opportunities offered throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. This guide is divided by geographic area. Activities are listed alphabetically by area and include key contact information. Also included in the guide is information on financial assistance available to help families access these activities.


Central Hastings

North Hastings

Prince Edward County

Quinte West

Tyendinaga and Deseronto area


Healthy Life Line

Residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties with questions about physical activity or local healthy eating programs and services can call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610. Your call will be returned by a Registered Dietitian or a physical activity professional.

Pedometer Lending Program

Community groups or workplaces may borrow up to 40 pedometers for a maximum of six weeks. The Pedometer Kit includes everything needed to run a program.

To book a kit or for more information, contact our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

Urban Poles Lending Program

Urban poling is a physical activity that combines walking with poles similar to ski poles. It can be done by people of any age at almost any level of fitness, and can be done outdoors anywhere at any time.

Urban Poling Kits are available for loan to community groups or workplaces, contains everything needed to start an urban poling program. Included with this kit is the use of 10 pairs of urban poles for up to six weeks.

To book a kit or for more information, contact our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

Older Adults

To achieve health benefits and improve functional abilities, adults aged 65 years and older should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least two days per week.

Those with poor mobility should perform physical activities to enhance balance and prevent falls.

Children & Youth

Daily Physical Activity/Sedentary Behaviour

Physical activity is essential for overall health and wellbeing. Canadian physical activity guidelines recommend that children and youth are physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Activities with a moderate to vigorous intensity level are ideal (e.g., bike riding, skipping, climbing on playground equipment, or dancing).

Children who are active on a daily basis:

• Improve their health
• Do better in school
• Improve their fitness
• Grow stronger
• Have fun playing with friends
• Feel happier
• Maintain a healthy body weight
• Improve their self-confidence
• Learn new skills
• Decrease their chance of developing many diseases such as heart disease and diabetes

Canada has physical activity guidelines and sedentary behaviour guidelines for children 0-4 years.

Canada is the first country in the world to develop 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth aged 5-17 years. These guidelines outline what a healthy 24-hour period looks like. They include physical activity, sedentary behaviour, screen time and sleep recommendations.

The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card titled "Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move?" was released alongside the 24 Hour Movement Guidelines. Adequate sleep is vital to children's health. Sleep, physical activity and sedentary behaviour are closely interrelated.

Sleep deprivation is a vicious cycle. If children do not get enough sleep they are too tired to be physically active, yet if children are not physically active they are not tired enough to sleep at night. Physical activity is the best sleep aid around!

Only nine percent of Canadian children and youth are getting enough heart pumping physical activity each day. In addition, their nightly sleep duration has decreased by 30 to 60 minutes in recent decades. To overcome the "sleepdemic" currently affecting Canadian children and youth kids need to get outside and get daily heart pumping physical activity. For activity ideas and more information see the Outdoor Active Play section below.

Make Room for Play

Canadian children are spending an average of 7 hours and 48 minutes per day in front of electronic screens (televisions, computers, video games). It’s time for everyone to make room for play. Click here to access tips on balancing screen time with active play time.

Here is more information on getting your children active:

For more information, call our Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.

Outdoor Active Play

Outdoor play is beneficial for the healthy growth and development of children. When children play outside, they move more, sit less and play longer. As children grow, parents and caregivers can allow them more freedom from direct supervision while they play outside.   To learn more about how and when to give your children independence from direct supervision outside, we invite you to review the following resources:

It is also important for parents to step aside during outdoor play and allow children to challenge their physical and mental abilities. Learn more by viewing a video about Outdoor Active Play.

For more information and activity ideas for outdoor active play visit: