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Media Release: Municipality of North Grenville Awarded Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville Community Project Fund

March 11, 2016

Municipality of North Grenville awarded Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville Community Project Fund

The Municipality of North Grenville has received $10,000 from The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville Community Project Fund to launch GeocacheNG. Funded by the Government of Ontario, GeocacheNG will support the first Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme: Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.

The GeocacheNG project will see the creation of a geocaching resource and equipment loan program, providing individuals, families, schools, clubs and teams with the equipment, training and resources needed to experience geocaching as an innovative physical activity. This project aims to educate the community on the physical benefits of geocaching and to increase participation of all ages, with a key focus on children and their families. GeocacheNG will help create supportive environments for children to be more physically active by combining outdoor recreation and location based gaming and treasure hunting and increasing access to resources through a free library of hand-held GPS units, locally focused how-to brochures with fitness components and interactive learning seminars.

We are thrilled to have received this funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Project” said Project Champion and North Grenville Councillor Frank Onasanya. “North Grenville continues to invest in our local trail system to promote recreation and active transportation. Geocaching is an excellent opportunity to combine our kids’ passion for technology with their need to be physically active. I look forward to seeing this project benefit our children, and expect they will eagerly take our hands and lead us on this active adventure”.

To highlight GeocacheNG, a launch event is being held at 9am on Saturday, April 16th in the Urbandale Arts Centre at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville. The community is encouraged to attend the launch event to learn more about the project, and participate in interactive opportunities to help you get started in the geoacaching adventure and to incorporate different levels of physical activity.

To learn more about GeocacheNG, contact Tammy Hurlbert, Recreation Coordinator, at 613-258-9569 ext. 123 or .Learn more about The Healthy kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville at www.healthykidslg.ca. Follow Healthy Kids Community Challenge

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Leeds and Grenville is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). The Healthy Kids Community Challenge unites communities with a common goal of promoting children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating. Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville Steering Committee membership includes regional partners in health, education, recreation, private and non-profit sectors.