The Senate has passed a motion from Sen. Nancy Greene Raine calling for a national health and fitness day.
Greene Raine urges the government to encourage local governments to choose one day annually to make their health, recreational and fitness facilities available to citizens at a reduced or complimentary rate.
The idea is to promote a more active lifestyle.
“I gave notice of this motion to establish a national health and fitness day,” the senator told the Upper Chamber. “My motivation was simple: We have a national epidemic of obesity in Canada, and it is especially concerning among children and youth.
“The more we can do to encourage Canadians to be physically active, the more we will help to prevent chronic disease and start to reduce the escalating health-care costs,” she added.