All eyes are on the pandemic, and our governments have invested untold resources to battle it. But what about health and fitness beyond the COVID horizon? Canadians have long suffered from another pandemic – inactivity. Less than 10% of Canadians get the basic amount of physical activity they need. Obesity is on the rise, along with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental illness. This crisis impacts people’s physical, mental, and spiritual health and the national economy. Inactivity generates over $7 billion annually in “sickness care” costs. The outdoor recreation industry in Canada may represent between 1.2% and 10% of GDP. Meet two of Canada’s leading experts in their fields: Dr. Silke Cresswell, medical doctor, neurologist, and UBC Professor; and Dr. Darren Warburton, UBC Professor of Physical Activity Promotion, Researcher, and Scholar in UBC Indigenous Studies and Kinesiology.
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