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Families who play together stay healthy together



Teach children healthy habits to help prevent chronic disease

York Region residents are living longer, but could we live healthier? With more people battling chronic diseases, The Regional Municipality of York encourages families to make small lifestyle changes to stay healthy together.

“The choices we make each day – good and bad – can affect our health later in life,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “It is important to recognize that most of us have the power to change one habit now to help ensure a healthy future for ourselves, our children and grandchildren.”

Chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes and stroke, develop over time. Families can reduce the risk for developing these illnesses by making four easy lifestyle changes.

Be active together

To achieve optimal health benefits, children, aged five to 17, need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day and adults, aged 18 and older, need at least two and a half hours per week. Check local parks and recreation guides for fun, family-friendly activities.

Make smoke-free spaces

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada and has negative health effects for all ages. Exposure to second-hand smoke is particularly harmful for children as it increases risk of sudden infant death syndrome and asthma, as well as cancer, heart disease and chronic lung illnesses in adults.

Talk about alcohol use

Open conversations about alcohol can help influence a child’s decision about drinking and sets expectations and boundaries. When youth delay their use of alcohol, there is less of a chance that they will develop a dependency on alcohol later in life.

Take time to eat together

Eating together as a family – whether it be for dinner or snacks in between meals – usually leads to everyone eating healthier. It is also an opportunity to talk with children about healthy behaviours.

For more information on this or any other public health-related issued, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca

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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106  After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533  lisa.sposito@york.ca

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