From the Government of BC:
For the past six weeks, thousands of British Columbians have taken the Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge in hopes of winning weekly draw prizes and the $10,000 prize for their community to support the development of walking trails.
With 190 entries, Quesnel has won $10,000 in the 5,001 to 10,000 population category. The other winners in their population-size category are:
· Tumbler Ridge – population under 5,000
· Esquimalt – population 10,001 to 25,000
· Penticton – population 25,001 to 100,000
· Abbotsford – population 100,001 +
One of these five winning communities is now eligible for the grand prize of an extra $50,000.
By getting out walking and sharing their stories, pictures, videos and maps, families won great prizes like pedometers, fitness passes and family fun packs. Entrants were also eligible to win one of six trips to resort destinations across the province.
During the six-week challenge over 5,000 entries were shared including 2,500 photos and over 700 maps from across the province.
The Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge was offered in collaboration with 2010 Legacies Now and funded by the Provincial Health Service Authority as part of the Healthy Families BC initiative of the BC Ministry of Health.
Michael de Jong, Minister of Health says –
“I’d like to congratulate the people of Quesnel for mapping walks around this beautiful community. Walking is a fun, easy way to get active with your family. There’s no better time than now to start making small changes that will lead you to a healthier, happier life.”
Meanwhile Mary Sjostrom, mayor of Quesnel states –
“It is so great to see so many residents of Quesnel getting out and being active. I am looking forward to seeing the further development of our trail system for people to enjoy for years to come.”
· B.C. has the highest physical activity rates for youth and adults compared to other provinces and territories across Canada.
· Physical activity helps to prevent chronic diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
· The direct and indirect cost of physical inactivity in our province is estimated to be $573 million annually.
· British Columbia boasts over 530 trails.
· BC Parks is celebrating 100 years this year.
· View entries and get ideas for walks in your area at: www.HealthyFamiliesBCWalkingChallenge.ca
· For tips on how to make physical activity part of your daily routine visit: www.HealthyFamiliesBC.ca
· Many trails throughout British Columbia are easily accessible for everyone. Find trails near you and other outdoor activities at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/index.html