Physical Activity contributes to an overall sense of wellbeing and quality of life. It plays a key role in improving mental, social and physical health. By participating regularly, physical activity improves fitness levels, improves sleep and productivity, reduces the effects of stress, increases energy, reduces the risk of heart disease and so much more! New Brunswickers are encouraged to integrate physical activity into their daily life at home, at school, at work, and at play. Read more . . .
The Opportunities for Physical Activity Begin in Our Homes, Schools, Communities and Workplaces
Individuals and families can adopt healthier behaviours. But those changes are often very hard to make without changes in the environment that support them.
We want all New Brunswickers to have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background. Communities, schools and workplaces can help make it easier for people to make healthy choices, and to ensure that everyone has equal access to those healthy choices.
It is critical to build awareness of the issues and inform all individuals and organizations of the potential they have to change their lives toward healthy, active living. To learn more about the factors that influence inactivity, read more here . . .
How can we make a difference?
As the reasons for being inactive are complex, the solutions cannot be found by any one group or organization. Instead we need to work collaboratively, with a wide variety of partners including government departments, non-governmental organizations, health professionals, private businesses, and the public.
Through the provincial Wellness Strategy, we are working collaboratively to create a culture of physical activity in New Brunswick where healthy choices are the norm, not the exception, and where it’s easy for everyone to make the healthy choice.
Within a community, improved levels of physical activity are supported by conditions that facilitate healthy choices, community self-reliance and equal access for everyone.
This means improving access to physical activity opportunities and empowering individuals and families to make healthier choices by investing in those communities. (i.e., built environment, quality instruction and programming, food security, safe recreation and transportation options, inclusive and welcoming environments, community connections).