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July 4, 2008
Pedometer lending program expands to 18 Toronto library branches
Toronto Public Health and the Toronto Public Library are teaming up with community partners to make pedometers available for loan at 18 library branches throughout the city. This initiative is part of a new Walk into Health program to encourage people to build physical activity into their daily lives. In 2007, over 2,000 pedometers were lent out at 12 branches. Those who borrowed last year stated that pedometers helped them continue walking for exercise.

A pedometer is a small tool people wear while walking that counts both steps and the length of time walked. Like library books, pedometers are lent-out free of charge for three week periods. The library pedometer comes with a self-help kit for borrowers to keep after returning the pedometer. The kit contains information on setting walking goals, warm-up stretches and safety tips.

“Fifty per cent of adults living in Toronto are not physically active enough to maintain or improve their health,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “Being active just 30 to 60 minutes a day can make a big difference. The health benefits of walking include reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes as well as reduced anxiety, tension and depression.”

Walking is one of the easiest ways to begin regular physical activity and is a great way to spend time with family and friends while gaining the benefits of exercise. Walking with others increases motivation and enjoyment while becoming more physically active. Those interested in joining walking groups at various malls and community sites across the city can call 416-338-7600 to find out locations.

To find out where you can borrow a pedometer, please visit

Partners in the Building Active Communities Project include, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Public Library and community volunteers.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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