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Physical Activity for Adults (18 to 64 years)

Physical activity has many physical, emotional, psychological and social benefits for adults. It can reduce your risk of developing chronic disease and help you live longer. To help improve your health, try to add physical activity to your daily routine and make it a part of your everyday life.

With the mixed messages in today’s media, it can be hard to know what amount of activity, rest, and sleep is best for you. According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, adults 18 to 64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity makes you sweat and breathe harder (i.e. brisk walking, jogging, bike riding, swimming). You should also participate in activities that strengthen your bone and muscle at least two days per week.

Physical activity should be fun!  It is possible to live an active life and meet the Canadian Physical Activity guidelines with minimal exercise. Try to find activities that are enjoyable for you, whether it is playing sports, doing housework, walking or dancing. Check out these ideas for new ways to get physically active!

Another great way to get your recommended physical activity is by using active transportation. This means using any man-made mode of travel (cycling, walking, running, skating, etc.). This doesn’t just mean riding your bike to work. Using active transportation can happen any time, such as making a trip to the grocery store, dropping off kids at school, going on a hike, and more.

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News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Mental Health, Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour, Health Status Reports, Workplaces

Respiratory Infection Update

PUBLISHED: Tuesday March 31, 2020

Immunization Coverage Report

PUBLISHED: Monday September 30, 2019

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1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.