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June 6, 2003
Medical Officer of Health launches call to action on physical activity
Dr. Sheela Basrur, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, has launched a Call to
Action on Physical Activity.

Dr. Basrur released a report to the Board of Health that declares physical
activity a priority public health issue for the City.

"Our society's culture of inactivity poses an unacceptable risk to the
immediate and long-term health of Toronto's population," she said.

Dr. Basrur's report documents the magnitude of health risks associated with
physical inactivity as reaching epidemic proportions. "Change is required. I am
calling on all community organizations and agencies with an interest in
physical activity to join us as we move forward together. And I invite all
Toronto residents to get active and answer this call to action."

Dr. Basrur was joined in her call to action by members of a Leadership Group
convened to develop a three-year made-for-Toronto strategy:

Scott Haldane
President and Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Greater Toronto

Frances Lankin
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Greater Toronto

Ron Rock
Executive Director
East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club

Dr. Andrew Pipe
Chair, Physical Activity and Health Committee
College of Family Physicians of Canada

Copies of the report and background summary materials are available on the web
site at

Media Contact
Mary Margaret Crapper
Toronto Public Health



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