Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Town of Pincher Creek receives ChooseWell award

Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey and Mayor Ernie Olsen
with the 2011 Community ChooseWell High Achievers award

C. Davis photo
Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Director of Community Services Diane Burt-Stuckey presented an award on behalf of Communities ChooseWell High Achievers to the Town of Pincher Creek at the Town Council meeting held November 28.

Burt-Stuckey and Recreation Manager Mitch Ball travelled to Okotoks on Thursday night, November 24 to receive the award on the Town's behalf.  34 Alberta communities in Alberta were recognized for fostering healthier lifestyles for their residents, out of 150 communities that participated in the challenge.

The Communities ChooseWell Challenge is part of the Government of Alberta's Healthy U campaign, a provincial health promotion initiative that encourages Albertans to eat right and be active. Managed by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, it has been successful at encouraging and recognizing over 162 communities to promote wellness over the past four years.

The goal of Communities ChooseWell is to recognize and empower Alberta communities to offer innovative programming, promotion, participation, and community partnerships towards achieving a healthier Alberta.

Pincher Creek was cited as a southern Alberta Overall High Achiever, along with the Village of Cremona & Water Valley, the Town of Claresholm & District, the Town of High River, and the City of Lethbridge.  One Overall High Achiever was recognized within each population class for their progress and achievement towards creating a healthy community.

Overall High Achievers, including Pincher Creek, will receive $2000.00 to support future healthy living initiatives in their communities.

"Our goal this year was to increase citizen participation and physical activity in our community and to raise awareness in our community of the facilities and programs that we have," Burt-Stuckey told the council.  "One of the biggest participation areas was our Active Living Challenge that we had this spring, that people could sign up and register for as a team," she continued.  "We have a total of 169 individuals in the town of Pincher Creek, with 21 teams participating.  We had people all the way from 11 to 87 years old participating."  She said the Crestview Lodge Dynamites placed tenth place, "which goes to show, it doesn't matter what age you are, you can participate."  MD staff and council and Town staff had a friendly competition, "The Biggest Loser Challenge", and between the two teams lost over  150 pounds. "So everyone was a winner, or should I say, a loser," said Burt-Stuckey.  "Also, this summer we rejuvenated our Slo-pitch leage and had our beach volleyball evenings down at Juan Teran Park."

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