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In Motion

In motion is an evidence-based health promotion strategy that uses physical activity as a means to improve the health of New Brunswick communities.

In motion has four key components:

  • Building partnerships
  • Increasing community awareness
  • Developing strategies for target areas
  • Measuring success

Its strategies target six specific groups:

  1. Children and youth
  2. Workplace wellness
  3. Older adults
  4. Inactive adults
  5. Primary prevention of diabetes
  6. Referrals by health professionals

Support is available to help communities, schools and workplaces develop action plans to get “in motion.”

  • Families & Children
  • Workplaces
  • Seniors
  • FAQs
  • Research

Active families have active children

Research tells us this generation – your kids’ – could have a shorter and less healthy lifespan than their parents thanks in part to inactivity.

Are you OK with that? We’re not.

We play a very important role in our children’s lives as parents and caregivers. One of the best gifts we can give little ones is the gift of being active. Regular physical activity helps children build the foundation they need for a healthy life. Chances are some of your favorite childhood memories involve playing, being active or spending time outside. Sadly, that’s not the case for the majority of kids today.

Active families have active kids. Set an example by joining the movement to increase physical activity today. There are so many benefits to being active as a family. Why not experience the fun of being active together? Be a family “in motion!”

As parents and caregivers, we can:

  • educate children about the importance of physical activity and encourage them to be active
  • be an active role model – children learn from example
  • limit the time that children watch TV or play video/computer games
  • schedule a regular time for physical activity throughout the week and find places to be active at home, outside and in the community
  • look for ways to be active together and try new activities
  • volunteer to help with physical activity events at your child’s school or in the community

To learn more about the physical activity requirements for children, check out Canada’s Get Active tip sheets.

Workplaces "In Motion"

A workplace “in motion” values the benefits of physical activity. It is a workplace that encourages employees and employers to build physical activity into their daily lives at work and at home.

Most of us spend much of our adult lives on the job and our environments have a significant impact on our health and well-being. Becoming a Workplace in motion and promoting physical activity has many benefits for both the employers and employees.

A workplace “in motion” is committed to:

  • Developing an action plan to increase physical activity in their workplace
  • Share its plans on how it will encourage employees to get “in motion”
  • Share what it has accomplished
  • Share its success stories with other workplaces that are “in motion

Seniors "In Motion"

Being physically active is one of the most important things older adults can do to maintain their physical and mental health and quality of life as they age. There are many benefits of regular physical activity:

  • Continued independent living
  • More energy
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Better posture and balance
  • Improved self-esteem
  • A healthier weight
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Relaxation and reduced stress
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, falls and injuries, obesity, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and cancer

Regular exercise improves the life of older adults by helping to maintain their ability to perform tasks independently, by improving their mental and physical health, and by decreasing their dependence on health care services.

The in motion Older Adult strategy offers a resource guide on how to implement physical activity programs that will motive older adults, as well as a program called Forever…in motion.

The general goal of Forever…in motion is to increase opportunities for physical activity among older adults living in congregate housing. The target group is adults 50 years and over.

Download the In Motion Older Adult Implementation Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Aren’t kids already active enough?

Unfortunately not! Research confirmed in 1998 that Canadian children ages 11 to 15 were 30% less active than children in 1990. (King et al, 1999). 63% of 5-17 year olds are not active enough for optimal growth and development(Physical activity monitor,CFLRI, 1999). Incidences of obesity in children and youth have increased by 50% in the last 15 years(Heart Health Coalition, 1998).

Can physical activity, like walking, help prevent Type II Diabetes for those who are at high risk?

Yes! The results of a major federally funded study, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), showed that moderate diet and exercise resulting in a 5- to 7-percent weight loss, of people at high risk for diabetes, can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes. The participants walked for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. (National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, 2002)

Do the programs require equipment?

Not necessarily. A class can be run with very little or no equipment. If a facility is looking at purchasing equipment, investigate the numerous grants available.

I am a senior citizen. Is it too late for me to become physically active?

More and more older adults are proving every day that they aren’t too old to exercise. In fact, the older you are, the more you need regular exercise. Studies have shown that no matter what your age, physical activity can contribute to improved health.

Is it really important for parents to be active for their children to be active?

Research on children and physical activity shows the crucial role that parents play. More active parents have more active preschoolers, more active pre-adolescents, and more active adolescents. For more information on how you can encourage your children to be active, you can go to a series provided by Canada Physical Activity Guides for children and youth.

Recent Publications

TitleSaskatoon in motion Physical Activity 2008 Survey

Author: Fast Consulting

Date Published: September 2008

 

TitlePhysical Activity Survey Report Findings for Children and Youth 5-17 Years of Age

Author: University of Guelph and Harry Cummings and Associates

Date Published: June 2008

 

TitlePhysical Activity Survey Report Findings for Adults 18 Years of Age and Over

Author: University of Guelph and Harry Cummings and Associates

Date Published: May 2008

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