ParticipACTION applauds federal investment in community recreational infrastructure



    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - ParticipACTION applauds the Harper government's
decision to invest $500 million over two years in community recreational
facilities across Canada, as unveiled in the 2009 federal budget.
    "When we give Canadians more places to get active, we make it easier for
them to move more," says Kelly Murumets, President and CEO of ParticipACTION,
the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada.
"This funding is a step towards securing a healthier future for all
Canadians."
    According to the budget, the investment will be directed at construction
of new community recreational facilities and upgrades to existing facilities,
such as hockey arenas, soccer fields, tennis courts and swimming pools. The
budget indicates that the initiative will support up to 50 per cent of the
total cost of eligible projects, with the balance to be provided by provincial
and municipal governments, community organizations and the private sector.
    ParticipACTION thanks the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State
(Sport), for his support of ParticipACTION and its mission to get Canadians to
move more. ParticipACTION also thanks Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, for
her commitment to preventing illness and promoting health through sport and
active living.
    "We share the government's mission to empower Canadians to take
responsibility for their own health," says Murumets. "We envision a Canadian
society where people are the most physically active on earth."

    ParticipACTION is the national voice of physical activity and sport
participation in Canada. Originally established in 1971, ParticipACTION was
re-launched in 2007 to help prevent the looming inactivity and obesity crisis
that faces Canada. As a national not-for-profit organization solely dedicated
to inspiring and supporting healthy and active living for Canadians, it works
with its partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation
organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to inspire and support
Canadians to move more. ParticipACTION is generously supported by Sport Canada
and the Public Health Agency of Canada. For more information, visit
www.participACTION.com





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