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North Grenville 1 of 50 Finalists in ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge

July 7, 2021

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON - After an extremely strong showing that saw the Municipality of North Grenville ranked number one for the vast majority of the month as part of ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge, North Grenville has been invited to proceed to the next stage.

From June 1st to 30th, North Grenville residents, organizations and businesses were encouraged to log all individual and group physical activity through the ParticipACTION app or website. ParticipACTION’s leader board showed North Grenville in first place (on the basis of logged activity) for the last three weeks of the National Competition.

The Health, Fitness and Wellness Advisory Committee must now submit a report saying why North Grenville should officially be crowned Canada’s most active community. Winners will be announced the last week in July. 

The top prize is $100,000 with smaller regional prizes also being available.

“This Challenge was a wonderful way to inspire and encourage families, seniors, youth and everyone in between to get active or become more active. It showcased our incredible community spirit, and we are immensely proud of everyone’s efforts,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford and Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman, who both sit on the Health, Fitness and Wellness Advisory Committee that led the initiative.

The Community Better Challenge encouraged all ages and abilities to participate. All physical activity minutes counted – whether it was a virtual fitness class, chair yoga, walking the dog, or yard work. All individual and group fitness counted.

“The Committee set out to encourage North Grenville residents to step up to the Challenge and get active - especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We loved seeing the friendly competition among neighbours, friends, schools, businesses and organizations as we came together for this collective community goal,” added Tanya Deans, Vice Chair of the Municipal Advisory Committee on Health, Fitness and Wellness.

According to the ParticipACTION Community Impact Report, North Grenville tracked over 9.9 million minutes during the month of June. Over 2,000 residents participated along with more than 20 organizations who helped get people moving, including all six elementary schools, daycares, fitness studios, and community organizations such as Seniors’ Community Services and Community Living North Grenville.

“North Grenville’s goal was to get on the leaderboard and make the top 10. Not only did we achieve this, but we knocked it out of the park and maintained our number 1 position both provincially and nationally throughout the month of June. The determination and stamina that our community showed was remarkable,” added Mayor Peckford.

“This truly was a community-driven initiative and want to thank everyone who participated,” highlighted Tanya Deans.

Initiated by the North Grenville Health, Fitness and Wellness Advisory Committee, the Municipality registered in the ParticipACTION’s Community Better Challenge and encouraged residents to get active for the month of June.

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 grand prize, winners will be selected in each of the provinces and territories with those communities receiving between $7,500 - $15,000 to support physical activity initiatives in their respective community. 

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