Canadians are surrounded by a natural physical landscape that begs us to be active. Whether it is hiking, swimming, skiing, canoeing, or cycling—the opportunities for physical activity are endless! However, despite the possibilities provided by our natural playground, we are facing a physical activity crisis in Canada. Less than 5% of children and 15% of adults meet the recommendations of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
“National Health and Fitness Day is a great way to encourage Canadians to get off the couch and get active,” said Senator Nancy Greene Raine. “Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and an important factor in reducing the burden on our health care system. I truly believe that Canada can be the fittest nation on Earth, and National Health and Fitness Day is an important step to making that a reality.”
After years of working with MPs, local community groups, and national health promotion organizations to review ways to improve health and fitness in Canada, Greene Raine saw Bill S-211, the National Health and Fitness Day Act, passed in December 2014.
The unanimous passing of the Bill created a strong impetus to bring communities together on the first Saturday in June every year to highlight the importance of health and fitness in Canada. The Act proclaims our national commitment to health and physical fitness and takes us one important step closer to becoming the fittest nation on Earth!
Hundreds of municipalities across the country have proclaimed the day and plan to celebrate by hosting activities that promote the use of local health, recreation, sports, and fitness facilities. Municipalities are also simply encouraging people to get up, get out, and get active!
The City of Kamloops is encouraging residents to get active by providing the following accessible recreation opportunities to residents:
FREE Access to Recreation Facilities
Tournament Capital Centre
- lap swim:1:00 pm–9:00 pm
- leisure pool: 6:30 am–9:00 pm
- wellness center and indoor track: 6:30am–9:30pm
Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre
- laps and leisure swim: 9:30 am–1:00 pm
- public swim: 1:00–4:00 pm
- fitness centre: 9:30 am–4:00 pm
FREE Community Yoga Class
In partnership with Kamloops Hot Yoga
- June 1, 12:00 pm, at McDonald Park
- bring your own mat
- family friendly
- all levels
- all abilities/diverse abilities
Remember to track your activity with the ParticipACTION app to help Kamloops earn the title of Canada’s most active community and win the $150,000 prize in the Community Better Challenge! For more details on this challenge, visit PlayKamloops.com.