Stay Active And Get In Shape In The New Year

    Ontarians Encouraged Get Active During Winter Months

    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Active living is a key ingredient for good
health during these winter months and throughout the new year, says Health
Promotion Minister Margarett Best.

    Start with a plan

    Plan to add more physical activity into your lifestyle, but be realistic
- use small, gradual steps to ensure success. Active living is the time tested
and scientifically proven method to improve your health. Make a plan, set a
schedule and involve friends or loved ones. Activity ideas and planners are
available online at other websites.
    "More than ever before Ontarians are looking for ways to increase their
physical activity levels and remain healthy," said Best. "I encourage all
Ontarians to make the commitment to a healthier lifestyle one step at a time."

    Make Tracks

    Ontario has over 64,000 kilometres of trails. Let the weather be your
guide in deciding just where to hike or snowshoe your way in the great
outdoors. For more information go to

    Pedometer Challenge

    Join the pedometer challenge. Besides being an enjoyable and often scenic
mode of transportation, putting your best foot forward can improve your
fitness, health and sense of well-being. To join the pedometer challenge go to and click on the blue pedometer at the bottom of the page.
Set a goal to accumulate 10,000 steps a day.

    Physical Activity in Winter

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Whether you're a fan of the white stuff or not, it'll be hard for many of us
to avoid the snow this winter. Kick off your holidays by embracing the season
and taking part in some winter fitness.
    Try the following activities and remember to wear a helmet. Winter has
much to offer - get out there and enjoy the season!

    Strap on those skates

    Whether you're skating on a rink, a lake, or canal, make the most of the
outdoor skating season. It's part of Ontario's winter landscape! If you do
skate on lakes, canals, or other natural bodies of water, remember that ice
can be unpredictable and that you should always check with local authorities
in advance about how safe it is to skate on.

    Hit the slopes

    Snowboarding, downhill skiing, tobogganing... slopes of varying grades
provide hours of fun. Ski hills offer ski and snowboard lessons for everyone
from beginner level onwards, so the whole family can get involved. And an
afternoon of tobogganing can get the heart pumping and the laughter roaring.
What better way to top off the holidays?

    Ski cross-country

    Whether you live in an urban or rural setting, Ontario has a wealth of
nearby parks and trails just waiting to be explored. Before you venture out,
familiarize yourself with appropriate safety precautions. Contact your local
cross-country ski organization for more details.

    Walk in Winter Wonderland

    Slow down the often hectic holiday pace and take in the beauty the season
has to offer.

    The Ministry of Health Promotion wishes everyone a healthy, active and
happy 2008.

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For further information:

For further information: Rick Byun, Minister's Office, (416) 326-8497;
Julie Rosenberg, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4833

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