Play Your Way, Every Day!
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Ways to Play

More than just fun, play is a vital activity that we all use to build the mental, physical, and social skills necessary to interact in our world. Active play doesn’t have to be structured or organized to be beneficial, it can be something we do for the sheer fun of it. The act of playing is far more important than the outcome. Play is voluntary, pleasurable, it offers a sense of engagement and it takes us out of time. Play is how we connect with others. There are as many ways to play as there are people on this earth, all it takes is a willingness to embrace our inherent sense of wonder and freedom. If you need some help in getting started, we narrowed done the ways to three avenues of participation for you to find the way you want to play.

Skipping in Meaford
01.
ADOPT A
PLAY LIFESTYLE
Bring play into your everyday life with active transportation, enjoying family hikes, swimming at the beach or building a snowman.
02.
GET INVOLVED IN
YOUR COMMUNITY
Find out what’s going on in your community by following a social media page or reaching out to your local PLAY representative.
03.
JOIN A
TEAM OR LEAGUE
Join a sports team or league! Whether it’s competitive or recreational, organized sports are a great way to meet people and stay active.
Runners and wheelchair

Active Transportation

The Public Health Unit describes Active Transportation as “any form of non-polluting, human-powered transportation – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding.”

There are many ways to engage in active transportation, whether it is walking to the bus stop, cycling to school/work or skateboarding to meet friends.

Active transportation has many benefits, including:

HEALTH

Provides an opportunity to be physically active on a regular basis.

ENVIRONMENT

Contributes to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

MONEY

Save money on gas and parking, and reduce hours spent at the gym.

Find ways to integrate active transportation into your life by finding communities, workplaces and schools that support an active lifestyle.

Communities

Does your community…

  • have dedicated bicycle lanes and routes?
  • advocate for sharing the road with cyclists?
  • provide storage for bicycles throughout the community?
  • make access to public transit?

Workplaces

Does your workplace…

  • support and encourage their employees to adopt active transportation
  • provide secure bicycle storage, lockers and shower facilities
  • allow more flexible dress codes
  • organize workplace challenges

Schools

Does your school…

  • work with parents and the community to make the trip to school safe
  • support and encourage students to adopt active lifestyle
  • offer cycling and in-line skating skill and safety courses
  • identify the safest routes to get to school
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