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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: Friday May 29, 2020

Immunization Coverage Report

PUBLISHED: Monday September 30, 2019

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

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