Being physically active is one of the cornerstones of a healthy and fulfilling life. We are fortunate to live in a place that allows each of us to discover the activity that really excites us and sustains us. Walking is certainly the favourite of our residents, but we also enjoy running, biking, swimming, yoga, golf, hockey, dancing and much more. Physical activity doesn't just include organized, competitive sports. Whatever you can do to stretch, lift, throw, run, climb, and laugh qualifies as physical activity. Housework, gardening, stacking firewood all have benefits. And those things that we used to do as kids like Frisbee, tag, and playgrounds are just as fun and relevant to our growth (as an adult or child) as they were then. There are many obligations and distractions in our lives today, but if we can strive to get our bodies moving a few times each week, we will all begin to see the benefits to our bodies, our relationships, and our communities.
The Municipality of Chester has made a commitment to creating a healthier community. Through investments in trails, sidewalks, the skate park, and community schools; recreation programs and financial assistance plans (e.g. grants and PRO Kids); leadership development; and through partnerships with local and provincial organizations; we are working to create a culture that values and strives towards active lifestyles.