Physical Activity

Physical activity has so many benefits to your health. It can help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of bone fractures if you have osteoporosis, and can reduce the risk of many other illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

There are many ways you can add physical activity to your healthy lifestyle, no matter your age or activity level. Physical activity can be fun or relaxing and you can do it on your own, or with groups of other people with similar health goals.

Whether you want to try your first yoga class, or you are a marathon runner, physical activity can play an important role in your health and wellness. Learn more about physical activity and what you can do to maximize your healthy lifestyle.

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Getting and Staying Active

Find the motivation you need to become more active and the determination to stay active despite challenges you may have.


Adding More Activity to Your Life

A guide to some of the key actions you can take to make physical activity a regular part of your healthy lifestyle.

Useful Websites

Childhood Obesity Foundation - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND)

The Childhood Obesity Foundation is a registered charity that focuses on promoting best practices in healthy nutrition and physical activity to help reduce the number of children who are obese. They have launched a new provincial program called Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND). This free program provides healthy lifestyle learning and activity sessions for children aged 5 to 7 and 7 to 13 who are above a healthy weight.


Physical Activity Line

Call and speak to a qualified exercise professional. You’ll get free physical activity guidance suited to your needs and lifestyle. You’ll also find resources on physical activity and information for families and older adults.


Physical Activity Tips from the Public Health Agency of Canada

Tips and information to help build physical activity into a healthy lifestyle.


Playground Circuits - Action Schools! BC

Every school that signs up as an Action School! receives a unique playground circuit designed by physical trainers at Action Schools! BC. The site hosts more than a thousand circuits for playgrounds around B.C., motivating more children to be more physically active more often.


Want More Information?

HealthLink BC is as close as your phone or the web any time of the day or night, every day of the year.

Call 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C. or for deaf and hearing-impaired, call 7-1-1.

You can speak with a health service representative, who can also connect you with a:

  • registered nurse any time, every day of the year;
  • registered dietitian from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday;
  • pharmacist from 5pm to 9am, every day of the year.

Translation services are available in more than 130 languages.

HealthLink BC Eating and Activity Program for Kids

Are you looking for a telephone program that helps B.C. children, teens and their families reach healthy weights and improve their overall health and quality of life? Call 8-1-1 and press 3 for information about the HealthLink BC Eating and Activity Program for Kids program, or click on the link below.

Featured Website

The Physical Activity Line (PAL) is a counselling service which provides free exercise and fitness advice regardless of age or medical condition. Qualified exercise professionals are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to assist you with all of your physical activity related needs. Call toll-free 1-877-725-1149 or 604-241-2266 in the lower mainland.

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