Simon Whitfield

Simon Whitfield

Simon Whitfield and team paddle for men’s health

Canadian Men’s Health Foundation paddle covered 140 kilometers

  • Jun. 17, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Simon Whitfield and 10 other athletes paddled into the Inner Harbour Saturday after three days and 140 kilometres of stand up paddle boarding across the Salish Sea.

The paddle was organized by Whitfield and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation to coincide with Canadian Men’s Health Week and draw attention to men’s health issues.

The CMHF recently launched a national campaign, called Don’t Change Much, to inspire men to make small changes to feel better and live healthier.

“The statistics around men’s health in Canada are alarming, but 70 per cent of men’s health conditions and diseases are preventable, said CMHF founder Dr. Larry Goldenberg

The 11 paddlers stopped at Porlier Pass, Galiano Island and Montague Harbour on the Saanich Peninsula

Whitfield said a few simple changes can lead to better health for all men.

“Walk around while you talk on the phone. Park your car or get off the bus a few blocks early and walk. Take the stairs and walk your kids to school. Lots of short activity adds up,” he said.

Visit dontchangemuch.ca to learn about the small changes that lead to healthier living.