It’s time for us to get moving again.
For the past two years, Canadians have struggled through a pandemic that kept many isolated and sedentary. This has only exacerbated the existing inactivity crisis, which is leading to a rise in preventable illnesses. But now that COVID-19 appears to be largely behind us, National Health and Fitness Day (NHFD) is ready and roaring to go.
"We have many lessons from the pandemic and one is the benefits of activity for coping with stress and building strong physical and mental health. It is essential for all ages! Now is the time to get up, get out in the beautiful outdoors and be active,” said former Senator Nancy Greene Raine, who has been involved with the annual event since its inception.
NHFD spring-boarded off the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as a project to mobilize the spirit of the games and create a legacy of improved health for all Canadians. Senator Greene Raine introduced a Private Members Bill (S-211), to formally recognize NHFD, and it was passed unanimously through the Senate in June 2014. Over the last 10 years, MPs and Senators have worked with their local mayors and councillors of cities and towns across the country to proclaim Canada’s NHFD on the first Saturday in June and to mark the day in some way.
So far, almost 500 municipalities across the country from east to west to north have proclaimed the day. Programs are delivered through partnerships with organizations like ParticipACTION, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Physical & Health Educators of Canada, and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. The initiative is also supported by an Advisory Council made up of leaders in the fitness and health sectors. The Board is led by Pierre Lafontaine, former Olympic Swim coach, and supported by Olympic icon Nancy Greene Raine, Phil Marsh from the Running Room and former MP John Weston.
To promote NHFD on social media, use the hashtag #LetsMoveCanada, #BougeonsCanada, #NHFD2022 and #JNAP2022.
You can also follow @nhfdcan.