Physical Activity and Nutrition

physical activity and nutrition 1Staying physically active and eating a healthy diet play an important role in your overall health. Staying a healthy weight, being active and good nutrition are all ways to help reduce your risk for many different types of disease including several types of cancer.

Adding physical activity to your daily life can help make a difference. Physical activity does not have to mean sports or organized activities. It can include things like walking a pet, planting a garden, playing outdoors in the snow, playing tag, or even everyday household chores like sweeping the floor. What works best for you will depend on many factors including your budget, your community, what you have access to and what cultural activities you and your family participate in daily.

Following Canada’s food guide is one way to plan healthy meals that include:

  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Whole grain products
  • Milk and alternatives
  • Meat and alternatives

Additional Resources:

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide
Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide—First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Get Active Tip Sheets

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