Active Living in Heartland
Developing Primary Health Care (PHC) services across the region is a priority for the Heartland Health Region. PHC is based on four pillars: Teams, Information, Access and Healthy Living. Heartland is addressing the Healthy Living pillar with a variety of approaches, including the promotion of active living.
Physical activity affects many aspects of life. It reduces stress, increases energy, helps achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, and is associated with decreased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.
Heartland’s Diabetes Strategy Committee Prevention Team has incorporated active living into its working plan. The group includes health care professionals, population based practitioners, intersectoral partners and community members. The Prevention Team works with schools, workplaces and communities to organize activities that encourage people to get moving. For example, the team has organized pedometer challenges and training for fitness leaders. It helps sites and communities to meet in motion requirements, and maintains community physical activity and recreation contact lists. Projects are reviewed and revised on an annual basis.
In addition, the Population Health Promotion department works with communities to develop strategies to address and remove barriers that make it hard for residents to choose healthy lifestyles. Partnerships all other community agencies interested in fostering active living are welcomed.
Heartland residents have a role to play in promoting active living in their own and their communities’ lives. Being physically active encompasses everything from daily walking to actively playing with kids to working out regularly at a gym. Tweak your lifestyle by choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a walk, and biking or walking to run errands. It is recommended that you are moderately active for at least 30 – 60 minutes a day. Ten minutes here and there every day add up quickly. Make a difference in your community. Become involved in active living initiatives like developing walking trails, or even just inviting neighbours to join you for nightly walks.
For more information, contact the Health Promotion Coordinator. 1-306-882-2672 ext 2237