Our History

OUR HISTORY

The Network was formed in early 2008, in response to a need for a regional body to connect community partners around active living actions identified by 71 representatives from various sectors attending the “Childhood Obesity: From Knowledge to Action Workshop” (November 15, 2007).

WE BELIEVE

    • In a vibrant Waterloo Region where all residents are engaged in active living.
    • Movement doesn’t just save lives, it builds them
      • Movement creates a sense of belonging and community pride

      • A healthy and active body is the foundation for physical, emotional and spiritual strength

      • Physical inactivity is a significant predictor of major non communicable diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, mellitus, obesity, some cancers, aspects of mental health and overall mortality, as well as poor quality of life (The Lancet, 2012)

      • Movement isn’t just a nice to do: it is an investment in healthy communities that make better use of health and social services.

Physical activity has been known to promote better overall physical and mental health, prevent disease, improve social connectedness, provide economic benefits and contribute to environmental sustainability (The Lancet, 2012). The evidence also indicates that increasing levels of physical activity, together with healthy diets, contribute to the overall health of the community by reducing the burden of disease, death and disability contributed by non communicable diseases (WHO, 2004).

  • Individual factors (age, sex, health status), the build environment (community design, land use) and transportation systems (encouraging or discouraging walking, cycling, playing in parks, driving cars, taking public transit and using recreational facilities, etc.) are factors that affect population levels of physical