It has been estimated that over 60% of Ontarians do not meet the recommended guideline for physical activity. Studies show that people who are physically active live longer and healthier lives. They have significantly less risk of developing heart disease and other chronic health problems - leading to a better quality of life and lower health care costs.
Active people are more productive, with less time off work for illness and injury. They also report greater self-esteem and personal self-reliance. For youth in particular, physical activity offers a creative outlet for leisure time.