Physical activity – community strategies
Regular physical activity can help reduce or prevent certain chronic diseases including cancer. In 2015, about 994 new cancer cases diagnosed in Alberta were linked to low physical activity1.
The good news is that communities can help increase physical activity!
The strategies listed below offer some ideas to guide activities to increase physical activity in your community. To make the greatest impact, it is best to implement more than one strategy. Activities that work to change community policies, as well as local social, physical, and economic environments, will have the best results It is important to start where you are at. This may mean starting with one area of change and then building on it in other areas over time.
Ways to take action
All of the strategies below are based on current research, have been tested and shown to work. See the methods section for more information on how these strategies were developed.
Creating affordable opportunities for physical activity ensures that everyone can participate, regardless of income.
Community environments can positively influence people to be more active.
Active transportation for schools
Working with the school community can promote a culture of active transportation in schools.
Stairwell use can increase physical activity.
Awareness and education
Bike rack or shelters
Having a safe place to store bikes can increase physical activity broadly, including biking to work.
Creating inclusive programming
Inclusive programs promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour.
- Friedenreich CM, Barberio AM, Pader J, Poirier AE, Ruan Y, Grevers X, Walter SD, Villeneuve PJ, Brenner DR. Estimates of the current and future burden of cancer attributable to lack of physical activity in Canada. Preventive Medicine. 2019;122:65-72.