Physical Activity Resources

A new health unit to serve our communities better – We are working to update the information on this page to reflect our new organization as Southwestern Public Health. Currently this information reflects Elgin St. Thomas area only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For information about Oxford County area programs and services, please call 1-800-922-0096 or visit:


Physical activity is necessary for a person’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being. Regular physical activity can help to:

  • Improve heart and lung function
  • Make stronger bones and muscles
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Help to reduce stress and depression 
  • Make you feel better
  • Decreases the risk of injury and falling
  • Connect you with friends and family
  • Improve focus and memory

Regular physical activity can also help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart and stroke disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers (breast and colon), osteoporosis and arthritis. How active do you need to be for health benefits?

Last Updated: April 22, 2016
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