Only 4.4% of Canadian youth get the recommended amount of daily physical activity
Physical inactivity accounts for more than $2 billion in annual health costs, and carries significant health risks associated with hypertension, obesity, stress and chronic diseases
1 in 4 Canadian adults, and 8.6% of children and youth are obese
60% of Canadians over age 20 suffer from at least one chronic disease, and 80% are at risk of developing one
Chronic diseases, including diabetes, mental illness, and cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal diseases, cost Canada more than $190 billion annually in lost productivity and health care costs
WHAT WE DO ABOUT IT:
LIFT invests in programs that support Canadians with, or at risk of developing, debilitating health issues, including those with low levels of income and education. The organizations we support improve awareness of, and access to, healthy eating and physical activity opportunities, including prevention and program delivery for those who would otherwise have difficulty accessing them.
SUCCESS TO DATE:
KidSport Canada provides families in need with financial support for registration fees and equipment for organized sports. LIFT worked with KidSport to strengthen its operations and improve its ability to help more families across Canada. Read more about our work with KidSport Canada.
Skylark aims to build social, emotional and developmental capacity for children, youth and families to realize their full potential. The organization collaborates with children, youth and families with complex mental health and/or developmental needs to enhance their well-being, resilience and capabilities. Skylark offers a diverse range of programs and services, including: walk-in services, residential programs and centralized access to residential services, wraparound services, on-going counselling services, and specialized support for those with multiple, complex special needs.
Community Living Parry Sound
Community Living Parry Sound (CLPS) works to ensure people with developmental disabilities can live in their community under conditions that encourage personal growth and promote participation as valued and contributing citizens. They help build better lives in their community through partnerships, innovation and education. As a result of changes to non-profit funding, CLPS had to review how it delivered services to clients and the community.
Food Matters Manitoba
Food Matters Manitoba is a charity that partners with northerners, newcomers, farmers and families in Manitoba to harvest, prepare and share food. Read more about our work with Food Matters Manitoba.
The Play Exchange
The Play Exchange was a national online challenge that generated more than 400 ideas from Canadians to increase physical activity and healthy living. The challenge was developed in partnership by the Government of Canada, Canadian Tire, CBC and LIFT. The winning entry, Canadian Cancer Society’s Trottibus walking school bus program, will receive up to $1 million from the Government of Canada to scale its program. Read more about The Play Exchange.