Media Alert: October 17, 2019
Regional Councillor Rowena Santos crowned “Hopscotch for Health” champion
BRAMPTON, ON (Oct. 17, 2019) – With a finishing time of 26 seconds, Region of Peel Councillor, Rowena Santos, beat out her competitors to earn first place in the Region of Peel – Public Health Hopscotch for Health challenge this morning. The challenge took place at the Walk-friendly neighbourhood exhibit at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) where hopscotch symbolizes how environmental design can inspire physical activity.
The Hopscotch for Health challenge was a friendly competition among Regional Councillors, community leaders and Region of Peel staff in support of healthy, complete community planning.
“By planning in healthy ways, we can encourage a lot more activity in the City of Brampton and Region of Peel”, said Councillor Santos.
Across Canada, most adults and children don’t achieve even the minimum levels of recommended physical activity, which contributes to rising rates of largely preventable chronic diseases. 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.
“Today’s hopscotch match is a statement of our collective commitment to work together to make Peel communities healthier places to live,” said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “Community design impacts how people eat and move. Innovative planning is needed to support better health outcomes for our citizens.”
To learn more, visit peelregion.ca/healthy-communities.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Media ContactsLesley Hudson
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800 ext. 4478