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National Health and Fitness Day (NHFD) is an initiative to make Canada the fittest nation on Earth, starting with marking one day, the first Saturday in June, as the day when Canadians get out and get active in any way they wish.

The day became a national holiday in 2014 as a result of Senator Nancy Greene Raine’s Bill S-211, An Act to establish a national day to promote health and fitness for all Canadians.

<a href=''>Senator Grant Mitchell</a> is an avid cyclist and former triathlete. He successfully completed two Ironman triathlon competitions, in Penticton, B.C. and Hawaii.


<a href=''>Senator Chantal Petitclerc</a> competes for gold in the 400 m at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.


<a href=''>Senator Nancy Greene Raine</a> (in yellow) is an Olympic gold-medal skier and the creator of National Health and Fitness Day. She’s famous on the Hill for “walking meetings”.


<a href=''>Senator Paul McIntyre</a> runs in the Montreal Marathon on September 4, 1988 — one of his first marathons.



<a href=''>Senator Art Eggleton</a> doing his daily exercise routine.



<a href=''>Senator David Wells</a> conquers Mount Elbrus in Southern Russia’s Caucasus Mountains.



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