A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. [9 minute YouTube video explaining the health benefits of exercise with the aid of graphics.]
WHO developed the "Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health" with the aim of providing national and regional policymakers with guidance on the dose-response relationship between frequency, duration, intensity, type and total amount of physical activity needed for preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The recommendations address three age groups: 5–17 years old; 18–64 years old; and 65 years old and above.
To help Canadians move toward healthier lifestyles, the Public Health Agency of Canada supported the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) in reviewing the latest science on physical activity and in developing new physical activity guidelines.
Canada's Physical Activity Guides, which were based on the previous guidelines, are no longer being distributed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadians are encouraged to refer to our Get Active Tip Sheets for the latest information on physical activity.
The fitness of Canadian children and youth has not been measured in more than two decades, a period during which childhood obesity and sedentary behaviours have increased. This paper provides up-to-date estimates of the fitness of Canadians aged 6 to 19 years.
Estimates of obesity, based on body mass index (BMI) reveal that Canadian adults have become heavier over the past quarter century. However, a comprehensive assessment of fitness requires additional measures. This article provides up-to-date estimates of fitness levels of Canadians aged 20 to 69 years. Results are compared with estimates from 1981.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is an organization of professionals interested in scientific study of exercise physiology, including physical activity, fitness, health and human performance. Its website provides information about the association, conferences and certification. Publications include applied physiology, nutrition, metabolism and guidelines on exercise in pregnancy. Links are included to files such as Health Canada's Physical Activity Guides.