Stay Healthy, Stay Happy

Monday, February 26, 2018

Being physically active and enjoying a healthy lifestyle improves your quality of life while also putting less demand on our health system. Peace Arch Hospital will always be here if you need it, but by keeping yourself and your family as healthy as possible, you can continue living the life that you love.

The new All Abilities and All Ages Playground is for people of all ages who want to improve their health and wellness by getting off the couch and being active. Physical activity for older adults is key for health aging. The playground will include exercise stations suitable for a variety of activities and capabilities. The goal is safety, dignity and independence for all abilities and all ages.

This is no ordinary playground. This is a place to exercise on specially-designed equipment that can be used by anyone, of any ability – whether you walk, use a walker, cane or wheelchair. It’s safe, easy to access, and free to use…a place to enjoy lovely, fresh air, and to meet and play with your family and friends. Research shows that exercise can add up to three years to your lifespan.


Regular exercise helps you to stay resilient and independent.

  • Reduces the risk of falls - the #1 cause of injury-related hospitalizations for Canadian seniors, costing our healthcare system about $2 billion each year
  • Prevents frailty, chronic disease and high blood pressure
  • Speeds the recovery from illness or injury, and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Reduces weight, and bad cholesterol, and increases good cholesterol and hormones
  • Decreases pain and inflammation in your body
  • Alleviates depression and anxiety, and increases a feeling of wellbeing.

Only 12% of Canadians aged 60-79 meet recommended physical activity guidelines.


Getting outside regularly, to interact with others has a positive impact on mental and physical health.

  • It improves physical health and mental well-being
  • It improves balance, and a sense of personal safety
  • It increases your appetite
  • It decreases confusion, stress, anger and depression
  • It increases the opportunity to engage with friends and neighbours of all ages.

Socially isolated seniors have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, depression, physical inactivity, falling, and poor nutrition.

The last place we want to see you and your friends is in our hospital. So, we are asking for your help to build this special exercise playground – and to use and enjoy it.

We’ve secured the land, and now need to raise the funds to buy the specialized equipment that anyone, everyone, can use to stay strong and healthy. Your contribution – big or small – helps immeasurably, and we do hope we can count on your eager support. You can donate here.