MPP Fullerton: “Get outdoors and take a daily walk”

Published on November 24, 2021

"Let's Get Active" awareness campaign and the health benefits of walking

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton will be promoting staying physically active through the winter months with a social media campaign “Let’s Get Active.” The awareness campaign is aimed at all ages, but will include a special outreach to encourage seniors to begin a walking routine during the winter months.

“The benefits of physical activity are significant both for our physical and mental health,” says Fullerton. “People of all ages should establish a routine of daily activity to keep our bodies moving. This may be harder through the winter months, but I encourage everyone to get outdoors and take a daily walk at the very least.”

“Walking is a perfect exercise,” says Fullerton. “It is good for your cardiovascular health. It can help with maintaining weight and alleviating stress. It can improve the quality of your sleep. A good walk can improve your day.”

Here is a shortlist of recent news and health articles on the benefits of walking.  

The benefits of walking and how to get the most out of it

The multiple benefits of walking

CBC:  Staying safe and happy when walking and running outdoors this winter

Swedish study: Regular outdoor exercise may reduce anxiety by around 60%

Canadian study on living in a walkable neighbourhood

The MPP will be profiling the health benefits of walking and she will be in touch with local seniors organizations to share information and resources. In social media, she will also be providing resource links for local physical activities and winter sports for all ages.

In spring 2020, the MPP introduced a community initiative urging young people to develop healthy lifelong habits regarding physical activity. Fullerton produced an introductory paper “Let’s Get Active” that presents 12 positive health effects that physical activity has on youth. Read the MPP’s “Let’s Get Active.”

“Throughout my career in medicine, I have always stressed the significance of physical activity as the essential element to a person’s good health,” explained the MPP when she launched the “Let’s Get Active” initiative. Fullerton observed, “Physical activity is helpful to our overall well-being. This is more significant today than ever.”

 

Media Contact for MPP Merrilee Fullerton:

Thomas DeGroot                         

Constituency Assistant            

613-599-3000

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