Gateway Gazette

2015 Wellness Challenge Encourages Healthy Choices

The fifth Annual Community Wellness Challenge will run from April 5 to May 16 in High River and is open to all ages and levels of activity. The six week challenge is designed to motivate participants into living an active life.

“This is the fifth year we have organized the challenge and it’s always a lot of fun for participants,” said Cynthia Farrow, community program supervisor for the Town of High River. “We decided to switch things up by making it a team challenge and modifying the point system to provide even more options to earn points.”

This year teams of four will earn points for physical activity and wellness goals that are met. Physical Activity points are earned every time a participant takes part in either 15 minutes (adults) or 30 minutes (children) of physical activity, with a daily maximum of 20 points possible.

Five Wellness Points are earned for making each of the below healthy choices (maximum of 20 points per day) including:

  • Decreasing the amount of television or video games they play
  • Eating a homemade meal
  • Decreasing the amount of alcohol or pop they drink or increasing the amount of fruits or vegetables they eat.
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Trying a new healthy activity

Bonus points are even awarded if participants are seen wearing their Community Wellness Challenge t-shirts while out in the community.

Registration is $10 per person and forms can be picked up at the following locations:

  • High River Library – temporary location (1225 – 1 Street S.E.)
  • Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex (228 – 12 Avenue S.E.)
  • OR click here

T-shirts will be provided at registration while supplies last. Teams can consist of family, friends, co-workers, or neighbours.  Individuals may also register and organizers will do their best to place them on a team. A celebration will be held at the end of the challenge to congratulate winners and present prizes.

If you have any questions please contact Joyce Brown at 403-652-2917 or Cynthia Farrow at 403-603-3502.

This program is a partnership between the Primary Care Network Calgary Rural, High River Centennial Library, McBride Career Group, Alberta Health Services and the Town of High River.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply