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Canada Establishes National Health and Fitness Day

Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) is very pleased to announce that after over two years of promoting National Health and Fitness Day (NHFD), today, the government passed Bill S-211, an Act to establish the first Saturday in June each year as National Health and Fitness Day - across our country.

The objective is to introduce individuals to a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce the health care costs attributed to preventable diseases. As an FIC initiative, for the last two years, FIC’s participating fitness clubs have waived their drop-in fees on first Saturday in June to support NHFD. We plan on continuing this trend, and having even more fitness clubs join us!

The movement was initiated by MP John Weston (West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country) who has been working closely with Senator Nancy Greene Raine, Fitness Industry Council of Canada, and other supporting groups to inspire Canadians to become more active.

“This is a wonderful occasion for the fitness industry. It allows us to showcase the benefits of exercise in a time where physical participation rates have dropped. FIC has taken leadership in NHFD and provided a platform for less active Canadians to get involved in a stress-free environment. In turn, we hope to encourage enough people to reach a public health benefit by getting more Canadians more active, more often,” says FIC’s President, David Hardy.

“It’s great to have a designated and recognized day where the Canadian fitness industry can come together to celebrate something we all believe in – the promotion of a healthy lifestyle,” says FIC’s Executive Director, Trisha Sarker.

“We should not be burdening our health care system with the results of unhealthy lifestyles. Education also plays a big role, and quality physical education will be increasingly important to insure children grow up with the skills needed to enjoy physical activities,” said Senator Raine.

“This is an early gift at this season for all Canadians! I am delighted to see our two governing chambers and all parties’ leadership coming together to take a proactive approach and inspire their citizens to get out there and play. We always aimed to rally our nation to be the Fittest Nation on Earth, and this is a giant leap in the right direction,” added MP Weston.

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