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March 3, 2005
Mayor Miller laces up for launch of "Get Active Toronto" event
Mayor David Miller, Honourary Chair of the Get Your Move On, Making Physical
Activity a Toronto Thing campaign, took to the ice at Nathan Phillips Square
today with dozens of school children, City representatives, and community
partners to officially launch a unique recreation open-house event called, Get
Your Move On, Get Active Toronto.

Get Your Move On, Get Active Toronto is co-ordinated by the following Get Your
Move On partners: Toronto Parks and Recreation, Toronto Public Health, YMCA,
Boys and Girls Clubs, Ontario Early Years Centres, and other community
partners. It takes place the weekend of March 4 to 6, and is designed to help
engage Torontonians in physical activity and to provide information about the
many recreation opportunities available across the city.

"Healthy residents and a healthy city go hand-in-hand," said Mayor Miller. "I
encourage all Torontonians to join in Get Your Move On, Get Active Toronto, and
to discover the many resources and supports that exist across this city to help
residents make physical activity a part of their daily life."

Throughout the weekend, more than 50 program sites across the city will open
their doors to showcase recreation facilities and a wide range of physical
activity programs. Participating sites include 13 Toronto Parks and Recreation
centres, all four YMCAs, eight Boys and Girls Clubs, and 28 Ontario Early Years
Centres. Additionally, a number of private-sector organizations such as fitness
clubs, karate schools, and the Olympic Spirit Centre are also participating in
the event.

A schedule of activities, event locations and detailed information is available
at or
by calling 416-338-7600 (simultaneous language translation is available).

Get Your Move On, Get Active Toronto is a signature event of the Get Your Move
On, Making Physical Activity A Toronto Thing campaign, led by Toronto Public
Health. The campaign was officially launched last July in response to the
Toronto Medical Officer of Health's call to action to make Toronto a more
physically active and healthier city.

On behalf of the Get Your Move On partners, Toronto Parks and Recreation has
led co-ordination of Get Active Toronto. "Fostering lifelong physical activity
is a priority for Toronto Parks and Recreation. With more than 53,000 programs
to choose from, we offer residents a wide range of opportunities to engage in
physical activity," said Brenda Librecz, Acting General Manager of Toronto
Parks and Recreation. "Registration for spring and summer Parks and Recreation
programs begins next week, so this is an excellent opportunity for residents to
get a taste of the many programs and activities that are available."

Media contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, media hotline,



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