Get Up, Get Out and Get Active!

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Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services

Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury.

Recreation and parks services have an important role in enhancing physical activity, which in turn, is a critical factor in improved physical and mental health. Increased physical activity levels are associated with the presence of trails for walking, hiking and cycling, and organized events, including sport competitions and instructional programs.

We asked the military community if recreation programs offered by the Personnel Support Programs (PSP) keep them physically active and this is what a few of them said:
“I would say yes, but mainly for the children! In Valcartier, they offer many family programs! My daughter loves her swimming and dancing lessons!” - Erika Gagnon

“Rec programs were essential in keeping my family fit! Swim lessons, soccer, hockey, etc. Now three of my four kids serve in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) themselves. Fitness from a young age developed their love for sport!” - Telah Morrison

 “Recreation programs keep me physically active because it gets me out of the house when I am committed to specific dates and times.These programs keep me moving.” - Enessa Janine

Everyone wins!

The PSP Recreation Program plays a key role in developing military communities that are active and families that are supportive of CAF members’ fitness. PSP Recreation offers military families opportunities to be physically active together and participate in programs that meet their needs and interests.

“By reinforcing a more complete integration of families through recreation programming, there is a profound impact on the CAF’s operational capability,” says Dr. Michael Spivock, Senior Officer, Human Performance Research. “A family that is committed to physical activity will have a stronger influence on the individual CAF member’s lifestyle, choices and commitment to fitness training.”

June is Recreation Month is a great way to kick-off an active lifestyle change for you and your family, leading to healthier and more enjoyable lives for all! To learn more about community recreation and to enter the June is Recreation Month contest, visit and follow us at


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