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Exercise must be key to any strategy aimed at making Canadians healthier

By Elio Antunes      

It’s not about doing one (eating healthier) or the other (moving and exercising more); we must do both.

Participants sweat it out at a summer yoga class on Parliament Hill. The benefits of regular, heart-pumping physical activity include reduced risk of chronic disease, healthy body weight, self-confidence, new skills, and better mental health, says Elio Antunes. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The Oct. 24 announcement by the health minister of her new Vision for a Healthy Canada was an important one for all Canadians and, in particular, for the health and wellness community, including ParticipACTION. Under the vision’s three pillars—healthy eating, healthy living, and healthy minds—the government is focused on executing a comprehensive and meaningful strategy that has the ingredients of a recipe that will make Canadian families healthier, now and over the long term. ParticipACTION has and continues

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