According to the Conference Board of Canada, if we were to decrease the number of inactive Canadians by even 10%, we’d see a 30% reduction in mortality and a major savings in health care. It is estimated that more than $2.4 billion, or 3.7 per cent of all healthcare costs, were attributed to the direct cost of treating illness and disease due to physical inactivity. The financial impact of poor health amounts to a loss of more than $4.3 billion to the Canadian economy, and the negative repercussions of inactivity cost the healthcare system $89 billion per year in Canada. According to several studies, properly structured and supported exercise programs, designed and delivered by a kinesiologist can:
- Reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease by 40%;
- Reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 50% and be twice as effective as standard insulin in treating the condition;
- Help the function of muscles for people affected by Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis;
- Decrease depression as effectively as pharmacological or behavioural therapy;
- Reduce the risk of stroke by 27%;
- Reduce the risk of colon cancer by 60%;
- Reduce mortality and risk of recurrent cancer by 50%;
- Reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease by almost 40% compared to those who are less active.
 Based on year 2009. Jansen et al., 2012
 Based on year 2013.
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 Exercise treatment for depression: efficacy and dose response. Dunn A et al. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2005.
 Physical activity and colon cancer: confounding or interaction? Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: June 2002 – Volume 34 – Issue 6 – pp 913-919.
 Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis. Holmes MD et al. JAMA 2005; 293:2479.
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