Helping keep Halton healthy in 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-462255685At the beginning of each year, many of us make resolutions to lead healthier, more active lives. As part of Halton Region’s commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of residents, we can help you and your family make healthy choices and improve your quality of life.

Knowing the actions you take today can enhance your health tomorrow, choosing an active lifestyle can improve your health with every step. Whether you are at work or school, at home or travelling, there are always opportunities to remain active. Halton offers residents of all ages and stages a variety of physical activity resources to help you get active in 2016!

To make it easier for residents to make active choices, we’re also putting the infrastructure in place to help residents incorporate active transportation into their daily lives. Halton Region’s new Active Transportation Master Plan will support walkable communities and promote human-powered travel through an active transportation network of sidewalks, on-road bike lanes and off-road, multi-use trails. Once implemented in partnership with our Local Municipalities, the Active Transportation Master Plan will offer Halton residents many potential environmental, health and economic benefits including increased levels of physical activity, lower levels of obesity and other chronic diseases, as well as improved air quality.

At Halton Region, we know that there is more to your health than just staying active. We want to ensure all residents have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. Our nutrition programs and services and food safety initiatives connect residents with healthy resources and supports for the entire family. The Where to Get Help in Halton guide also helps connect residents in need to community services such as food banks and emergency food programs.

The start of a new year is a good time to reduce alcohol consumption to support a healthy lifestyle.  Making a commitment to low-risk or moderate drinking can be an important first step towards better health. For resources and support to help you reduce alcohol consumption, visit halton.ca/alcohol.

Mental health is another key part of your overall health and we’re dedicated to ensuring residents receive the resources and services they need to support good mental health for the community. So whether you have a child in need, are stressed at work or looking for ways to improve a relationship, Halton is here to help.

For more information on how to stay healthy this year, please visit halton.ca/health. By working together to create a healthier Halton, we can keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.