Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on June 5, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together CanadaA online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.A 

OTTAWA, ON, June 5, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, I challenge people in Canada of all ages to get out and get moving in honour of National Health and Fitness Day. I hope that this day, celebrated every year with the goal of making Canada the world's fittest nation, inspires you to look for ways to incorporate movement practices into your day. There are many ways to get physically active, from walking, running, or taking leisurely bike rides, to choosing to take the stairs or dancing to your favourite tunes at home. No matter who you are, physical activity is an important choice you can make for your health. Research has shown that exercise can provide a diverse range of benefits like strengthening your body, supporting brain health, reducing risk of chronic diseases, and reduce risk of injury. Physical activity can decrease stress and improve mood by releasing endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are natural mood boosters. Exercise is also important for healthy growth and development in children and we know that physical activity of parents can help encourage activity in children. Find out more in Canada's24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.A  Remember that physical activity can be adapted to fit your own needs. Try choosing something you enjoy doing, or getting active as a family. The past year has been challenging and has had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many people across the country. Increasing your activity level is one way to promote positive mental and physical wellbeing. Canada, get ready to #ShowUsYourMoves a?? use this hashtag, as well as #NHFD2021, on social media to share your favourite activity for healthy living.This is also an opportunity to join the 2021 ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, a national physical activity initiative that aims to find Canada's Most Active Community, taking place throughout the month of June.
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