Friday, July 25, 2014

2014 Active Living Challenge

Megan Rainford, Summer Events Coordinator

During the month of June, the Town of Pincher Creek Recreation Department challenged members of the community to get outside and get moving with the Annual Active Living Challenge. 16 teams with over 140 competitors joined in to work toward meeting Canada’s Guidelines for physical activity and recreational screen time.

This year the Challenge was revamped to be paired with June is Recreation and Parks month. Participants were encouraged to take advantage of the warmer weather and the various outdoor areas around Town. Prizes were awarded to the top teams and individuals earned entries into the final grand prize draw for a Waterton Lakes National Park group pass.

“As a Recreation Department, we feel strongly about fostering a sense of community and encouraging individuals to lead healthy, happy lifestyles. The Active Living Challenge offers an opportunity for groups of people to come together and kick-start their summer in a positive way. We were thrilled to have so many teams participating this year – we had more than expected and ended up having to order more pedometers for participants to track their steps!” (Megan Rainford, Summer Events Coordinator).

12 teams completed this year’s Active Living Challenge:
  • 1st Place Teams - CrossFit 1 (CrossFit Pincher Creek) & Lovely Monsters (Monster Fitness)
  • 2nd Place Teams - Co-op Centsibles (Co-op Grocery) & Ramada Polishers (Pincher Creek Ramada)
  • 3rd Place - CrossFit A (CrossFit Pincher Creek)
  • 4th Place - Recreation Office (Town of Pincher Creek)
  • 5th Place - HIA (Hedderick Insurance Agencies)
  • 6th Place - Walking Books (Pincher Creek Library)
  • 7th Place - No Pressure (Town of Pincher Creek)
  • 8th Place - Pigs Might Fly! (Co-op Gas Bar)
  • 9th Place AND winners of the BEST TEAM NAME - The Lightning Cool Camo Gorraptors (St. Michael’s School, Grade 1) 
  • 10th Place - Blue Kickers (St. Michael’s School, Grade 1)

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – Lacey Oczkowski of Pigs Might Fly!

Representatives of “CrossFit 1” – 1st Place
Team members included: Jill Bruder, Kandis Cyr, Wendy Desjarlais, Marcy Hallden, Connie Joss, Shelby Michalsky-Kasinec, Tara Tanner, Judy Tillack, Paula Szaroz and Greg Walter

Representatives of “Lovely Monsters” – 1st Place
Team members included: Amanda Barrett, Riley Barrett, Ben Cooley, Calvin Cooley, Kelly Cooley and Solomon Cooley

Representatives of “Co-op Centsibles” - 2nd Place 
Team members included: Connor Donovan, Shannon Donovan, Jaydon Draper, Jennifer Draper, Katherine Foster, Tom Holoboff, Clayton Lejan, Rhonda Poch and Billi Rigaux

Representatives of “Ramada Polishers” – 2nd Place
Team members include: Sonya Bratz, Melanie Jackson, Dianna North Peigan, Melanie Obique and Mike Wolf Leg

Grand Prize Draw winner – Lacey Oczkowski of “Pigs Might Fly!”
“Congratulations to all of the teams on their persistence and accomplishments! It was a lot of fun to interact with you and hear about your experience in the Challenge, especially when it came to the conscious choices you made in order to meet your weekly goals!” (Megan Rainford, Summer Events Coordinator) 

The Canadian Guidelines outline that children and youth (5-17 years) should strive for at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily, and no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time (non-work/school related, e.g., watching TV, playing video games, using cell phones to interact on social media sites). Adults (18+) should strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more, and no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time.

The Town of Pincher Creek Recreation Department would like to thank the participants for all of their effort, Marina Boese for donating her time to design the Active Living Challenge logo, and the generous sponsors who donated prizes; Boston Pizza, CrossFit Pincher Creek, Monster Fitness, and the Town of Pincher Creek – you are who make events like these possible!

*Updated with new information.

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