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Walk-friendly neighbourhood exhibit at PAMA

Public Health's free outdoor exhibit invites you to ‘get walking’, while exploring the connection between community design and health.

The exhibit runs from September 19 into late October on the front grounds of the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in downtown Brampton.

Visitors can explore the connection between community design and physical activity and use the circuit as a destination for walking and fitness.

“Developments in technology and car-dependent community design have largely engineered activity out of people’s daily lives,” says Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “We believe community design can be re-imagined to better support physical activity by making it safe, easy and fun to walk, bicycle and play outside.”

Across Canada, most adults and children don’t achieve even the minimum levels of recommended physical activity. Type 2 diabetes and other, preventable, chronic diseases like heart disease and certain cancers, can be connected to lack of physical activity.

Today in Peel, almost half of all residents over the age of 12 have at least one chronic disease while one in every six has diabetes – a rate that is 40% higher than the Ontario average.

Over the last several years, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga have taken steps to make neighbourhoods in Peel better places to walk, bike ride and be active. Recent projects include: