Get active to help Moose Jaw win $10,000

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Shane Handfield works out at the Athabasca Street West YMCA on Feb. 27, 2014.

City enters Saskatchewan in motion Get Our Community Moving Challenge

Doing exercise in March could help the city increase physical activity opportunities.

The City of Moose Jaw entered into the Saskatchewan in motion Get Our Community Moving Challenge that runs from March 3 to 17.

“We thought it was a really good contest and incentive for the public to get active,” said Nicole Walchuk, recreation program supervisor with the city. “It’s for everybody from any age, adults, kids, seniors, everybody in between, just to get out, get moving while this long winter continues.”

She said during that time period, people living in and around Moose Jaw can log in online and enter in their physical activity minutes. The community with the most logged minutes of physical activity per capita by the end of the contest period wins $10,000.

“The healthy active living committee, along with the City of Moose Jaw, will use it to increase physical activity opportunities for families and youth in our community by contributing and expanding the free activity nights such as our free Fridays, which include swimming and skate times,” said Walchuk.

On Fridays, the city offers free public swimming at the Kinsmen Sportsplex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for everyone and from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for teens. There is also free public skating at the Wally Boshuck Arena from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

She said people could go online each day and record their activity to increase Moose Jaw’s chances of winning.

“That can be anything” said Walchuk. “That can be from walking the dog to going to the gym. It could be if you play on a sports team and you practice or play a game. It can be anything at all.”

She said the emphasis put on health and fitness helps raise awareness.

"It’s across the province. It’s across the country,” said Walchuk. “Everybody knows that it’s really important and we need to be more physically active than we are right now.”

To register, visit www.challenge.saskatchewaninmotion.ca.

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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