Peg Report 31: Winnipeggers' physical activity dips below national average

 

Summer is winding down and Winnipeggers are gearing up to go back to school and begin recreational programming for the fall. What does Peg tells us about how active Winnipeggers are compared to Canadians overall?

52.4 per cent of Winnipeggers are ‘sometimes’ or ‘often’ physically active during their leisure time—a figure lower than the national average of 53.7 per cent.

Peg tells us…

  • In 2014, 52.4 per cent of Winnipeggers were sometimes or often physically active during their leisure time, down slightly from 54.3 per cent five years earlier.
  • For the first time in almost ten years, fewer Winnipeggers were physically active in 2014 than the national average (52.4 per cent of Winnipeggers vs. 53.7 per cent of Canadians).

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Why does this matter?

  • Regular physical activity has many benefits. It helps growth and development, prevents chronic diseases, strengthens muscles, increases energy levels, decreases stress levels and helps keep people more independent as they age (PHAC, 2016).

Source of the data:

  • Peg’s data for the Active Leisure Time indicator is provided by Statistics Canada.  

Media inquiries:

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Sumeep Bath, Media and Communications Office
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
(204) 958-7700 ex 740 | sbath@iisd.ca

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