Media Advisory - Get Active Toronto to take action on Toronto's physical

Provides local response to national Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card

TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Active living is a key to a healthy, prosperous city. So why is it that six in 10 Torontonians over the age of 12 are inactive during their leisure time?

A report to be released tomorrow by Get Active Toronto, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, says that Torontonians say staying healthy is their top motivator for physical activity, but note a lack of time as their most common barrier. The local report comes out the same day as the national 2010 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Get Active Toronto is primed to not only start the conversation at the annual Get Active Toronto Summit tomorrow, but to take action to address the physical inactivity epidemic. Bringing together leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors, the collective objective is to develop a high-level commitment and resources to achieve positive systemic change. The Get Active Toronto Summit is supported by Sun Life Financial and fellow members of the Get Active Toronto Board.

The 2010 Get Active Toronto Report on Physical Activity

    -   David Miller, Mayor of Toronto
    -   Charles Hain, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Chair of the Toronto Grant
        Review Team
    -   Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation
    -   Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
    -   Michelle Brownrigg, CEO, Active Healthy Kids Canada

    Hosted by:   Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater

    Plus:        Dr Bruce Kidd, Chair MLSE Team-Up Foundation; Tom Anselmi,
                 COO, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; Lesley Davidson,
                 SVP, Health Fitness and Recreation, YMCA of Greater Toronto.

    Photo ops:
    -   Physical activity demonstration. Photo ops within Metro-Central YMCA.

    -   Response to the 2010 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card; released
        at 6:00 am April 27
    -   Launch of 2010 Get Active Toronto Report on Physical Activity
    -   Kickoff of Get Active Toronto 2010 Summit to address ongoing issue of
        physical inactivity with a cross-sector approach

    Where:       Metro-Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

    When:        Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 10 a.m. (Press kits available

SOURCE Get Active Toronto

For further information: For further information: Cat Girotti, Manager, Get Active Toronto, (647) 267-9040,

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