April 23, 2021 Media Release
April 23, 2021
NORTH GRENVILLE, ON - The Municipality of North Grenville is set to compete for Canada’s Most Active Community.
Initiated by the North Grenville Health, Fitness and Wellness Advisory Committee, the Municipality has registered in the ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge and is encouraging residents to get out and get active for the month of June.
In these COVID times, remaining physically active and getting outside is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental well-being.
“This Challenge is a great way to get the community moving and bring us together (while staying safely apart) after a very long year,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “And, as a bonus, we also have an opportunity to compete for the top prize of $100,000 and the title of being Canada’s most active community.”
The challenge is open to everyone, whether you are 8 or 80, of any age or ability. Individuals, organizations, schools, sport groups and even workplaces can all participate and track their minutes (virtually). All individual and group physical activity counts.
“We know exercise and activity – whether its indoors or outdoors - is so important for our physical and mental health. Now, more than ever, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, we see this friendly competition as a fun and safe way for North Grenville residents to participate in a collective community goal,” added Tanya Deans, Acting Chair of the Municipal Advisory Committee on Health, Wellness and Fitness.
By being active and logging your activities between June 1 – 30, 2021, North Grenville residents could help the community earn the title and win. Prize money would be used to improve municipal parks throughout North Grenville.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
To participate, residents can download the free ParticipACTION app where they can track their physical activity minutes and contribute to their community’s total minutes during the challenge period (June 1 – 30, 2021).
Active minutes can also be tracked on the ParticipACTION website (beginning June 1, 2021).
Active minutes can include activities such as:
- a ten-minute walk;
- a 30-minute bike ride;
- a virtual group exercise class; or
- even yard and garden work.
Every minute tracked during the month of June goes towards North Grenville’s overall score.
“The Committee is working hard to help you find ways to get active, and we will share daily suggested activities,” said Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman.
“We are also looking to partner with local community groups and businesses for this initiative. We know some of them will offer free lessons, classes or workshops to help you try something new,” added Deputy Mayor McManaman.
The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is an annual event that gets Canadians across the country moving together. At the end of the 2021 challenge, one community will earn the top prize of $100,000 and title of being Canada’s most active. In addition to the national winner, there will also be prizes for the most active community in each province and territory, as well as individual prizes from ParticipACTION for taking part.
For more information and to download the app visit: www.participaction.com/en-ca/programs/community-challenge.
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