Why is active living important?

As part of this month’s Active Living Policy Committee meeting, the group of decision makers from across Cook County and Grand Portage discussed why active living is important.

So, why is active living important? Here are some of the reasons discussed at the February 6th meeting:

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Improve quality of life
  • Tourism – quality of experience
  • Sense of well-being
  • Community interaction
  • For all people
  • Offering cheap transportation (and not having to risk safety)
  • Public safety
  • Family friendly
  • Aging population
  • Economic reasons – reduced health care costs among others
  • Increased business opportunities
  • Potential for reduced costs on infrastructure
  • Save wear and tear on vehicle
  • Reduce gas consumption/limited resources
  • …….

There are many reasons why active living is important, for our community and for each of us as individuals. Our local decision makers greatly value the input of citizens and now is the time to provide your comments about active living in Cook County.

Comment on this post or email movingmatters@boreal.org. What do you think is missing from this list? Or what do you personally find the most important? We will share your comments with the Committee as they discuss the future of active living in our community.

Family Night at the Y with Moving Matters – Jan 23rd

Join us for a family night at the Y, with free dinner, fun hands-on activity, and free childcare for the little ones! All families are welcome – not necessary to be a member of the YMCA, all Cook County families are invited.

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January 23rd, 2014 5:30-7:00 pm

Cook County Community YMCA
105 West 5th Street, Grand Marais

Planning Thru Play Activity
Free Dinner
Free Childcare (if needed)

Dinner will be provided (Subway and such), followed by the activity ‘Planning Thru Play.’ Just bring your family and your experiences of walking and biking in Cook County.

Please RSVP as seating is limited. You may RSVP on Facebook, email movingmatters@boreal.org, or call 218-387-2330 x110, by Monday, January 20th. Also let us know the # of people that will be attending for your family (so we can plan for dinner).

Thank you to the Cook County Community YMCA for providing a great space for this event!

Note: Kid’s Club will be open to children ages 4 months to grade 5 during the event for families participating. The hands-on activity includes small objects that may not be suitable for young children, so we encourage parents to either help their children or bring them to Kid’s Club if they prefer.

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‘Planning Thru Play’ activity in progress



Moving Matters Is A Home-Grown, County-Wide Project Of The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic And Many Local Partners. We Strive To Create Safe And Accessible Walking And Biking Routes For People Of All Ages And Abilities.

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