Physical activity is one of five strategic action areas for health promotion in PEI. It is an important protective factor for both our physical and mental health, however over 50% of Islanders remain inactive based on the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines standards. In PEI, youth, older adults and those living in more socially deprived neighbourhoods are less likely to meet the recommended levels of physical activity.
Increasing physical activity levels has several health, social and economic benefits. This important behavioural factor is closely linked to the prevention of chronic diseases, the major burden of disease in PEI. Additionally, increasing physical activity levels helps to increase productivity, improve mental well-being, build stronger sense of community through social connections, and creates positive changes to the environments where we live and play (e.g., safer transportation routes).