Canada’s SummerActive Campaign

A joint message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of State for Public Health –

May 6 is the launch date of Canada’s annual SummerActive campaign. We encourage all Canadians to take advantage of this
opportunity to make physical activity a part of their daily lives.

The SummerActive 2005 campaign helps Canadians take their first steps to becoming more active. Each year, tens of thousands
of people of all ages across the country take up the challenge to walk, run, swim, bike or play in hundreds of community
events organized around SummerActive.

The importance of active living and healthy eating is no secret! Research shows that 30-60 minutes of physical activity most
days of the week – combined with healthy eating habits suggested in Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating – helps reduce the
risk of many diseases and contributes to overall wellness. Despite the overwhelming benefits, though, more than half of
Canadian children and youth are not active enough for optimal growth.

What good reasons to be active! If every Canadian made the great activities SummerActive promotes a part of their daily
lives, they would not only see improvements in their health, but would also have more energy and reduced stress. They would
also be far more likely to remain healthy and live independently in later life.

We encourage all Canadians to walk, bike, swim, play or participate in any way they can to improve their health and create a
better future for themselves.

SummerActive is an annual national program organized by the Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with provincial and
territorial governments. For more information on SummerActive, please visit the national SummerActive Web site or the Public Health Agency’s SummerActive
Web site

Ujjal Dosanjh
Minister of Health

Carolyn Bennett
Minister of State (Public Health)

Health Canada

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