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Our Vision

To make Saskatoon and region the healthiest community in Canada through physical activity.

Background:

Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) has a legislated mandate to improve health as well as to deliver treatment.

In 1999, SHR declared in motion a priority in its planning strategy to improve health through health promotion and illness prevention.

SHR developed a comprehensive, community-wide active living strategy with a focus on physical activity - this is in motion.

Physical activity is an integral aspect and cornerstone to health.

Physical activity can significantly reduce health system costs.

Reducing the number of inactive Canadians by 10% could result in annual health savings of $5 billion(Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, 1999).

What is in motion ?

In motion is a health promotion strategy to have all the citizens of Saskatoon and region make regular physical activity part of their daily lives.

In motion includes a public awareness campaign on the importance of physical activity, but it is much more than that.

The intent of in motion is to ingrain understanding and behaviour changes into the culture and fabric of our community.

How will we increase physical activity?

Build Partnerships:

In motion is being lead by Saskatoon Health Region and its community partners: University of Saskatchewan, College of Kinesiology; City of Saskatoon, Community Services Department; and ParticipACTION Canada.

In motion continues to build partnerships with other organizations in the community that share our vision of promoting physical activity for health benefits.

Together, these partnerships will provide the necessary leadership to increase physical activity levels of the general population and ensure that everyone has access to physical activity.

Increase Community Awareness Through:

  • Media vehicles (i.e. TV, radio, print)

  • Newsletters and brochures

  • Special events/campaigns

  • Promotional materials

  • Information line: 604-615-DO IT (3648)

  • Website: www.in-motion.ca

Target Areas within the Community:

Children and Youth
  • Research shows that children are 40% less active than they were 30 years ago, mainly due to changes in playing habits (i.e. televisions, computers, and video games).

  • Physical inactivity is directly linked to the increased prevalence of childhood obesity, therefore in motion is targeting children and youth through the school systems.

  • An in motion school is one that provides physical activity opportunities for all students, working towards an ultimate goal of “30 minutes of activity every day for every child”.

Workplace Wellness

  • Most adults spend the majority of their lives at work and therefore, less and less time is available for leisure time physical activity.

  • Through workplace wellness, in motion is increasing the awareness and educating employees on the importance of incorporating physical activity into their daily routines.

  • An in motion worksite is one that values the benefits of physical activity and creates a supportive environment for all who work there to become more physically active.
Inactive Adults
  • With the increasing evidence linking physical activity and reduced risk of some major diseases, it is important to target inactive adults who can still benefit from becoming physically active.

  • In motion is targeting inactive adults through the City of Saskatoon’s “Smart Start” campaign.

  • The emphasis is on community-based programs at the neighbourhood level (i.e. community walking clubs) and introductory activity programs at City Leisure Centres.

Older Adults

  • With our aging community, it is imperative to promote the benefits of physical activity to older adults (50 years of age and greater) for the maintenance of independence and best quality of life possible.

  • In motion is focusing on education and physical activity in a variety of settings from senior high-rises to long-term care facilities.
Physician Referral
  • Physicians are primary and respected sources of health care and information in Canada and as such are ideally positioned to provide input into the health-related behaviours of their patients.

  • In motion is working with family physicians to assist them in prescribing physical activity to their patients for health benefits.

  • Physicians are trained using PACE Canada (Physician-based Assessment and Counseling on Exercise), enabling them to effectively increase their patients’ physical activity levels.

  • In motion then links patients with physical activity programs in the community.

Primary Prevention of Diabetes

  • As the prevalence rate of diabetes rises, this condition is increasingly being recognized as a major public health issue.

  • Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses experienced by Aboriginal peoples and the rates of diabetes and diabetic complications continue to increase.

  • In motion strategies will focus on physical activity, healthy eating, and education.
Measure Our Success:

Community-wide surveys will determine the impact of in motion on how physically active Saskatoon and region has become.

Research and evaluation will provide additional information about the impact of in motion on the level of physical activity within each of the target areas.

Why do it?

There are so many benefits to being physically active! There are also many risks to being inactive:

  • Premature death

  • High blood pressure

  • Obesity

  • Depression

  • Heart disease and stroke

  • Type II diabetes

  • Colon cancer

  • Osteoporosis

In motion believes that through the promotion of physical activity and linking people to physical activity opportunities we will increase the health of our community, not only physically, but also socially and economically.

This initiative is a winning one for everyone involved!

If you would like more information on in motion, please contact us.

 

 

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