Physical Activity


Our bodies need physical activity. Humans were designed to be on the move many hours of the day. However, today’s modern lifestyles and workplaces mean that we are moving less than ever. Becoming more physically active improves our overall health, builds strength, and makes us feel better.

At the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, our role is to improve the health of our communities by:

  • Encouraging physical activity for all ages
  • Helping plan our communities to emphasize active transportation
  • Providing information and links to resources for the public, health professionals and others


What We Do

Active – for Life!

The TBDHU encourages everyone to stay active for life. We provide information and links to resources to show why it’s important and what we can do to develop and maintain a healthy, physically active lifestyle.

Physical activity helps us at every age:

  • For kids, it helps our bodies grow and improves self-esteem, mental health, and even grades.
  • For adults, it helps reduce the risk of chronic disease including diabetes and heart disease, and it gives us more energy.
  • For older adults, it helps us reduce chances of illness and disability, and allows us to live independently for longer.

Find out more about staying Active for Life.

Active Transportation

Active transportation means any sort of “human-powered” transportation – cycling, walking and even taking public transportation such as city buses. Commuting actively is a great way to build physical activity into your busy day!

The TBDHU has partnered with other organizations to help communities plan for more – and safer – active transportation options. These include encouraging Walkable Communities, making cycling in Thunder Bay safer and more enjoyable, and connecting public transportation such as Thunder Bay Transit with active transportation methods. (Every bus ride starts and ends with walking! Did you know that the average transit user walks 20 minutes per ride?)


For Further Information

Call the Physical Activity Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

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