"According to Statistics Canada only 7 per cent of young people ages five to seven are getting the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day"

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Over half the youth in Niagara do not get enough physical activity. The habits we develop now are hard to change in the future.

We need to change the way our friends think about physical activity and their physical health – the habits we develop now are hard to change when we grow up.

Recommended Activity: 60 Minutes per Day

It's recommended that we get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day

A quick test to know the difference between moderate and vigorous physical activity:

You don't have to do 60 minutes of physical activity all at once. Try to break it up during the day and use every day activities that are 10 minutes or longer to help reach your target.

Minor Changes to Everyday Activities Helps

Try this:

Regular Physical Activity Makes you Feel Better

Being more physically active during the day will sharpen your mind as well as tone your body.

Studies show that being active improves your:

Healthy Eating

Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full.

Youth who eat healthy balanced meals notice:

Daily Meal Plan: What you should be Eating

Try balancing your meal by making half your plate vegetables and fruit, one quarter grain products and one quarter meat and alternatives.

Be sure to include milk and alternatives as well, such as a glass of milk to drink.

Go for orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash. Be sure to include at least one dark green vegetable like broccoli, romaine lettuce or spinach each day.

Enjoy vegetables steamed, baked or stir-fried instead of deep fried.

Self Esteem

Self-esteem is how you value yourself and how worthwhile you feel.

You have the Power to Affect your Self-esteem

Don't compare your abilities, appearance or preferences to others. Everyone is different and unique, so don't be afraid to be yourself.

Body Image

Body image is how you think and feel about your body and appearance.