Sport for Life for Health Practitioners

A physically active lifestyle leads to healthier communities through both injury prevention and general health and wellness.

CS4L has identified four key sectors that play a valuable role in achieving these goals:

  • Sport
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Health

The overlap between these four sectors will help to deliver quality activity and sport programming, integrate facilities, and ultimately lead to a healthy Canadian population.

Data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) indicates that the average Canadian is weaker, less flexible and fatter than they were just a generation ago (twenty years). This means that as a country, we are less physically fit than we have been in the past.

Physical activity is an integral component of healthy living: regular participation in physical activities is associated with important physical, cognitive and emotional benefits contributing to healthy musculoskeletal development, maintenance of healthy body weights, prevention of high blood pressure, and social and mental development.

CS4L readily aligns with early and preventative healthcare and collaborates with both primary care and allied health practitioners. This focus on health and wellness is one way in which CS4L fits into Canada’s healthcare model.

By putting the programs in place that will give people an active start – a start that will help them learn the fundamental skills that make up physical literacy – CS4L and the Health sector can increase the chance that our population will get healthier and stay physically active for life.

Pockets of promising practices – programs and initiatives that incorporate aspects of the Health sector and CS4L principles – are occurring across Canada.