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Kingston Gets Active (KGA) began in 2005 as a collaborative partnership (with KFL&A Public Health, City of Kingston, YMCA of Eastern Ontario, Queen's University, Limestone District School Board, Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Metis Nation, Kingston Community Health Centres, Seniors Association, Boys & Girls Club, Government of Ontario, Kingston Sport & Social Club). KGA strives to mobilize the Kingston community to increase the number of accessible active opportunities. Our goal is to promote, encourage, and support citizens to be active on a regular basis. KGA provides numerous opportunities to become physically active through KGA Month (free activities offered every September and February) and through the Grades 5 and 9 ActivPass. The ActivPass provides grades 5 and 9 students’ free access to several recreational facilities where they can swim, ice skate, and use the gym (approximately 5000 passes distributed to grade 5 students and 3000 passes for grade 9 students annually). Additionally, KGA trains volunteer ambassadors, who attend events and give presentations to encourage Kingston residents to be physically active. Lastly, KGA has been instrumental in several important initiatives such as workshops for parents, teachers, and rural youth on physical literacy and physical activity, encouraging all ages and abilities to be more active.
Kingston Gets Active (KGA) has been encouraging community members of all ages to be physically active since 2005. With the rise in physical inactivity, diabetes and obesity rates among children and youth, KGA decided it was time to address the problem. With a grant from Active2010, KGA created the Grade 5 & 9 ActivPass, which encourages students to get active using recreation facilities to swim, skate and use the gym. We developed a website full of resources, including the popular "ActivPlaces Tracking Tool", trained volunteers to attend community events and give presentations on physical activity, started KGA Month to give all residents opportunities to try free physical activities from local sport and recreation providers every September and February, and have applied for many grants over the years to increase physical activity opportunities. Because we rely entirely on grant funding and in-kind donations from our partners, we are always looking for new ways to continue to provide free and low-cost opportunities for our community so we can continue to work towards a more active and healthy community.
Our vision is that all Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) residents are physically active every day.
Our mission is to promote, encourage, and support citizens to be physically active on a daily basis and physically literate through collaborative planning, community action, and policy advocacy.
Our 4 main Objectives:
1. To increase access to opportunities to be physically active to all KFL&A residents by reducing barriers to individual behavior change.
2. To ensure more equitable access through promotion of free and low cost activities to target populations.
3. To work together as a community partnership to link resources, events and opportunities in order to enhance sustainability and reduce duplication of services.
4. To create supportive environments in which our citizens learn, commute, work and play.
Together, we can make the active choice, an easy choice!