Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Spring is Here, Time to Get Active

Media Release

Ready to challenge yourself to get healthier this year? Get on board for the Grey Highlands Healthy Living Challenge.

This Healthy Community Project set up a 3-month personal challenge program to assist people to get fit, get involved, eat better and find local healthy lifestyle choices. All while gathering points for their communities toward the Highlands Games planned for June.

Individuals entering into the programs will receive confidential one-on-one support to evaluate their goals and figure out a plan to reach each challenge. Whether it’s simply joining a local fitness class, planning healthy menus, weight loss or ambitious targets like running a marathon, the project will provide guidance, resources and financial support.

“Challenge participants interested in joining active living programs, already existing in Grey Highlands, will be offered vouchers for classes,” explained Lindsay Young, Municipal Parks and Facilities Manager. “The project coordinator will work with people to determine which professional support staff will best fit with their personal goals.”

The program will provide options and opportunities to individuals to set them on the way to healthier living. It will also help identify barriers to participation, so more inclusive programs may be developed from the feedback of participants. Municipal residents will be tracked in the program so points for getting involved will be scored for their hometown. These points are posted on the municipal website and will be tallied after the Highland Games in June.

“It’s a fun and easy way to find healthy living choices,” said Project Coordinator Adam McMaster, who has helped run various special events, including a successful Shortest Day of Play at local schools in December, the Priceville 3 on 3 hockey tournament in January, the Eugenia Lake Family Day ski, skate and shoe as well as Rocklyn arena’s Milk Jug Curling event. “Community involvement will be collectively highlighted at the Games.”

In partnership with the South East Grey Community Health Centre, the program will offer fitness, healthy lifestyle advice and guidance and even personal trainers to individuals registering with the project. Those interested may obtain a registration form online at www.greyhighlands.ca under the “Recreation” tab, at the municipal office or through local libraries. They may be submitted by email, in person at the municipality (care of the Parks & Facilities Manager) by fax to 519-986-3643.

The Healthy Community Project has already worked with local community groups to set up special events in Priceville, Eugenia and Rocklyn. An upcoming meeting of Grey Bruce agricultural societies will be hosted by the Markdale fair in April. During the day, ambassadors from across the region will learn healthy eating and fitness tips as well as follow a community challenge scavenger hunt to learn more about the area.

In June, the Highlands Games will gather folks from across the municipality to participate in a fun day of fitness and healthy living challenges. The project will culminate with the Longest Day of Play on June 21st, when Grey Highlands will compete against all Grey Bruce municipalities to see which area has the most active residents.

“It’s all about having fun in our local communities,” said Young, who hopes special events established under this program become annual events in their host communities. “We have had good response to the community events and hope to see many folks come out for this challenge as well.”

The project ends June 30th, so get registered today and start gaining points and getting healthy. The Healthy Community Project is supported through grant funds from the provincial Ministry of Health Promotion. For more information see the municipal website, email recreation@greyhighlands.ca or call McMaster at 705-888-7570.

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