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Prince George is an Active Community!


Did you know that 51% of Prince George residents are not active enough to achieve the health benefits from being physically active? Adults need 60 minutes of physical activity throughout the day on a regular basis to stay healthy and reduce the risk of disease.

Our children need 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity everyday to meet the guidelines set forth by Canada's Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth.  These 90 minutes should be in addition to the incidental activities required for daily living, which is the equivalent of 16,500 steps. 

What is Participate Prince George?

Participate Prince George is a collective of community organizations, businesses, and individuals who are passionate about increasing physical activity and healthy eating in our community. We believe that active is what you make it. 
We support annual events such as Move for Health Day, Bike to Work Week, and Workplace Wellness Challenge.
Watch the Active Communities video to learn more about everyone being active everyday!

Active is 60 minutes a day of physical activity

  • Playing outside with the kids
  • Biking to work
  • Walking to the grocery store
  • Shooting hoops at the neighbourhood basketball court
  • Challenging friends to a game of disc golf at Rainbow Park
  • Exploring the trails at Forests for the World
  • Taking the dog for a walk
  • A ping pong or badminton game
  • Volunteer with an organization that involves activity – good for the body and soul
  • Cycling through Fort George Park
  • Starting a workplace walking group
  • Exploring the trails with our new park and trail map
  • Active is what you make it!

Background

The City of Prince George is a part of the provincial Active Communities Initiative, committed to creating healthy, active lifestyles.  The Active Communities Initiative is delivered by BC Recreation and Parks Association with funding from the Provincial Government through ActNow BC and implemented in partnership with 2010 Legacies Now.

The Active Communities Initiative supports local governments

The Active Communities Initiative supports local governments and partner organizations to promote healthy lifestyles, build healthy communities and increase physical activity levels of British Columbians.  This support helps communities to: 

  • Enhance their capacity to develop and implement an Active Communities plan
  • Increase local awareness of the benefits of regular physical activity
  • Create additional opportunities for participation in recreation, sport and physical activity
  • Strengthen community partnerships

Prince George is one of over 160 ‘Active Communities’ in British Columbia in which Prince George joined the initiative in December of 2006. 

Prince George Strategic Plan

Together with our partners, we developed a strategic plan that provides recommendations aimed at supporting the partners to promote healthy lifestyles, build healthy community environments, and increase levels of physical activity in Prince George.

Key goals and objectives:

  • Develop policies that promote physical fitness and healthy eating
  • Increase priority for Active Transportation
  • Lower user fees for sport and recreation
  • Assist residents to make positive change in their overall wellness
  • Develop more wellness programs in the workplace

 Our Active Community Partners include:

 

Get Active and Get Walking!

Get outside! It's in our nature!  Walking is an easy form of physical activity for most people and regular walking can lead to long term lifestyle changes and health benefits. 

Benefits of Walking

According to Walk BC, many British Columbians are not active enough to receive health benefits. This is of serious concern since inactivity is associated with a number of health issues including obesity, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.

Walking is a simple way to improve overall wellbeing and reduce the chances of developing the health concerns associated with inactivity.

    • Walking is free and can be done almost anywhere
    • Walking is a form of exercise which is within the physical capabilities of many people
    • Walking may be a more realistic challenge than other more vigorous forms of exercise
    • Walking can be integrated into people's lifestyles relatively easily
    • The level of impact is low and strain on the feet and joints is minimized thus making the risk of injury very low

Walk BC states that increasing physical activity through walking is associated with many health benefits including:

    • Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease
    • Lowering blood pressure
    • Reducing high cholesterol
    • Reducing body fat
    • Enhancing mental wellbeing
    • Increasing bone density
    • Reducing the risk of cancer of the colon
    • Helping to control body weight
    • Helping osteoarthritis
    • Helping to increase flexibility and co-ordination

Walk BC's Interactive Map

Visit Walk BC's website to learn more about walking and to view the interactive map highlighting walking trails and routes around the province of British Columbia.  Click here to visit the Walk BC.

Walking in Prince George

Wondering where to start walking or looking for a new trail to explore in Prince George? Check out the new Walking Trail Guide!  The guide highlights 18 different trails and popular walking routes in our community.   

To view the Walking Trail Guide online, click here.  To download a pdf version of the guide, click here.

Getting Active

The walking trail guide is intended for people of all fitness levels.  If a regular exercise routine is something new to you, please talk to your doctor before you start. 

Walking Time

While distances have been provided for the trails and routes in this guide, walking times have not been included as an individual's walking pace varies depending on stride length, terrain, walking surface, physical condition, age and gender.  Generally, it takes approximately one hour to walk 5 kilometres on relatively flat terrain.

Share the trails

  • Trail users may also include cyclists, equestrians, runners, scooters, strollers
  • Slow down and communicate when passing
  • Keep to the right and control your speed
  • Leash your pet and respect wildlife

 While you're there

  • Stay on designated trails
  • Keep dogs on a leash
  • Place litter and dog waste in garbage containers
  • Respect wildlife and plants

Be bear and moose aware

Bears and moose are frequent visitors to the trails and routes included in this book.  Be cautious and do not feed them.

Getting There

Several of the trails and routes highlighted in the guide can be accessed by the Prince George Transit System.  For more information, go to http://www.transitbc.com/regions/prg/

CN Centre Walking Program - People in Motion 

Walking inside the CN Centre is a super way to stay fit through the cooler months! The 2011-2012 season's schedule is as follows:

October 1, 2011 - April 13, 2012

Walking hours are weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except on event days and as indicated.  On Cougar game days, walking is available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM only. Click on here to view the latest walking schedule. 

Please refer to the posted schedule for schedules and updates. Please note, due to facility rentals and events, this schedule is subject to change without notice! Running, skateboarding, roller blading, etc. is not allowed.

     

 

Active Transportation

While our numerous indoor recreation facilities play an important role in supporting physical activity, getting and staying active can be as easy as walking or cycling to work, school, or the store. These types of activity are referred to as active transportation, which includes all forms of human-powered travel such as walking, cycling, skiing, canoeing and the use of mobility assisted devices. These Active Transportation modes can use on-road or off-road facilities such as trails, sidewalks, walkways, bike lanes, and may also be combined with the use of Public Transit.

These trips primarily take place to and from work, shopping, entertainment areas, school and community facilities or even to visit a friend. Active Transportation facilities increase accessibility, tourism potential, and the health and quality of life while reducing vehicle emissions, energy use, and travel or infrastructure costs.

The City of Prince George is currently developing an Active Transportation Plan that will guide the development of a continuous, safe and enjoyable Active Transportation Network.  This plan will incorporate policies and standards from existing plans such as the Cycle Network Plan, City Centennial Trails Project, Pedestrian Network Plan, Transit Service Review, Active Communities Strategic Plan and others that relate to the development and management of the Active Transportation Network.

Bike to Work and School Week: May 28th to June 3rd, 2012

Bike to Work and School Week is about encouraging and promoting the use of the bicycle as transportation to work and school. Registration for Bike to Work 2012 opens in the month of April, 2012! For more information and to register visit the Bike to Work and School Week Prince George website by clicking here.
 
2012 Events

4th Annual Prince George Bike Swap

Saturday May 19th at the Moose Hall (663 Douglas Street)
Drop Off: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Swap Open: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Pick Up: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Click here to view the 2012 Prince George Bike Swap poster.

Results from 2011 Prince George Bike to Work Week

 May 30th to June 5th, 2011

  • Registered Teams 76
  • Total Cyclists 609
  • New Cyclists 98
  • Total KMS Cycled 17725.95

 

Healthy Eating

One of the key goal areas with the strategic plan is the development of a nutritional Policy for municipal facilities. In September, 2008, City Council approved the Healthy Food and Beverage Policy for Recreation Facilities. The policy will improve the nutritional content of items sold or served in vending machines and concessions within City owned recreation facilities to the benefit of individuals who use, and work in our facilities. The policy aims to create a supportive environment that will help individuals make positive behavioural changes.

The BC Recreation and Parks Association and the Union of BC Municipalities are co-leading this initiative to encourage the sale of healthy food and beverage options in community recreation facilities and local government buildings through on-site vending machines, concessions, cafeterias and snack bars.  For more information about this initiative, check out Stay Active, Eat Healthy.

 

Move for Health Day

Since 2002, the World Health Organization has promoted Move for Health Day (MFHD) as a global day of physical activity.  May 10 is Move for Health Day, and we encourage you to create activities for the day to get your community active and moving!

Move for Health Day events bring people together in a spirit of fun, inclusivity, and support of healthy active living. Your community and/or workplace could host a walk, create a physical activity challenge or any other activity that engages people in the celebration of being active.

For more tools and resources and to register your event, visit the Move for Health Day webpage at http://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/mfhd.

 







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