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Families get active together for good health

Families who are active together are more likely to be healthy. Being active together as a family, at least three to five times per week, helps improve physical health, mental well-being, reduces depression and anxiety levels and increases self-esteem.

The Regional Municipality of York reminds families about the importance of taking time to 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. Adults aged 18 and older need at least two and a half hours per week.

Parents have a great capacity to influence the health of their children. If parents embrace and participate in active living, their children will likely do the same.

Tips to help get moving together

  • Walk or bike to school or park the car a short distance from school and walk
  • Go for a bike ride around your community or on a bike trail
  • Take a walk after supper
  • Put on music and dance
  • Make a skate date – take the family ice skating, in-line skating or skateboarding
  • Go swimming at a local pool
  • Play tag or hide-and-seek
  • Get involved in organized sports and recreation
  • Replace screen time with something active and fun

You can break activity time down into 10 minute segments to accumulate 60 minutes of activity for the day. Being active as a family is a fun way to connect with each other and share experiences, while gaining the benefits of active living.

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

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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services,
The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4016  
After hours: 905-806-1216

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