Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being
Natasha Konwitschny & Johanna Lunzmann
How Might We...
make physical activity accessible for young adults in Calgary?

Getting enough physical activity is a topic that Canadians may not see as a major problem; however, the increase of screen-time use and sedentary behavior is affecting our physical and mental health, as well as our social interactions and other life skills.    According to Statistics Canada, in 2017, only 16.3 per cent of young adults met the physical activity target (150 minutes a week) recommended in the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. There are many different barriers that may stop an individual from getting exercise - especially when juggling work, school, family life, weather and other commitments. Barriers, such as lack of time, motivation, information, convenience, transportation and affordability, can impact physical activity. Everyone has a diverse range of abilities, knowledge, interests and free time. Addressing these barriers can allow all individuals to experience sports, activities and programs in a positive and engaging manner.
Natasha Konwitschny

Growing up in an athletic family, I was lucky enough to gain confidence and knowledge in many sports. However, not everyone gets this opportunity, and the fact that our age group is mostly focused on school or work makes it hard to get up and get moving. Physical activity is so important because it not only improves our physical and mental health, but it gives us life skills and a sense of community.

Johanna Lunzmann

Physical activity has been a part of my life, in many different forms, for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen how physical activity has impacted people’s lives both positively and negatively when individuals lack access or aren’t in the right mindset. Sometimes, certain people have more disadvantages than others, and physical activity is an area where disadvantages can and should be easily reduced. An active life is a life full of good physical health, strong mental health and a welcoming community.