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Cyclists ride along Lake Shore Boulevard East as road closures come into effect for the return of the ActiveTO program in Toronto in May, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Yader Guzman

Making ActiveTO permanent will make exercise accessible to everyone by providing open and safe space

ActiveTO and programs like it across the country create more urban public space for exercising and can remove a major barrier to physical activity: lack of open and safe space.
For many people, park and playground closures during COVID-19 meant having even fewer exercise options. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel 

Lack of exercise linked to increased risk of severe COVID-19

Socio-economic factors are major barriers to physical activity. New research suggests this is one more reason why disadvantaged people were at increased risk for COVID-19.
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Aussie kids are some of the least active in the world. We developed a cheap school program that gets results

Governments spend millions to try to get kids moving but these interventions may be short-lived, or only benefit a group of kids. Our program is cost-effective and can work long term.
World Day for Physical Activity is April 6. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many peoples’ physical exercise routines have been disrupted. (Shutterstock)

A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 exercise slump has hit women harder

Research shows that the gaps in physical exercise have widened substantially between men and women, whites and non-whites, rich and poor and educated and less educated: especially during the pandemic.
The beauty of exercise snacks is that they don’t require any equipment, or even a change of clothes. (Shutterstock)

Snack your way to better health with bite-sized exercise breaks

Short, 20-second bursts of activity — known as exercise ‘snacks’ — throughout the day have many benefits, from boosting energy and productivity to improving cardiorespiratory fitness.

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