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Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Healthy eating and physical activity go hand in hand when it comes to healthy living and feeling good. This is true at all stages of life.  
Having a balance between healthy food choices (energy input) and regular physical activity (energy output) is important to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing chronic disease.
It isn’t just about energy in and energy out. It is a much more complex issue.  Factors that might influence our health, includes our environment, social supports, genetics, age, lifestyle and behavioural choices and the list goes on.
There are some things we cannot change. We don’t have control over factors like genetics or age. But what we can do is work on the things we can change.   It starts with a single step.   
Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide recommends that Canadians choose a variety of foods from each of the four food groups, in appropriate amounts, and limit foods and beverages that are high in calories, sugar, fat or sodium. 
People who develop healthy eating habits from a young age are more likely to eat nutritious foods and be active for their whole lives. By combining healthy eating and regular physical activity, you can reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases and improve your overall health and well-being. 
Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living recommends in order to achieve health benefits, adults aged 18-64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to -vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. 
More than 150 minutes of physical activity is encouraged . The more active you are, the more you will experience the health benefits. The guidelines also recommend adding muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days a week.
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