Primary Care Networks tackle "sitting disease" in a brand-new way with GOGA

EDMONTON, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Primary Care Networks across Alberta need you to return to life by joining the 4th annual Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) Challenge from April 24 to June 4.

Physical activity levels are dropping rapidly for children, youth, adults and seniors as we spend more and more time sitting. This has a huge impact on health and quality of life. 

  • Less than 5% of children and 15% of adults are meeting the recommendations in Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • 1/3 of all Albertans are sedentary (not moving) for more than 10 hours every day.
  • On average, Albertans sit for 8 hours and 50 minutes per day.
  • Physical inactivity is a global health issue more concerning than obesity.

GOGA will get you moving more and sitting less so that we can positively affect sedentary behaviors and physical activity levels across Alberta and beyond!

GOGA is a free, six-week online program for all ages where participants track their physical activities (walking, running, swimming, basketball, cycling, gardening etc.) on our interactive website which converts activities into steps and takes them on a "virtual" health journey.  Over the six weeks participants learn what happens to their brain, muscles, bones and heart while exploring fun and exciting ways to be active. The more activity they do, the more benefits they will experience. As they enter activity each week, they will get to see their GOGA character transform from a zombie to a superhero!  

Participants are welcome to join as an individual or challenge coworkers, friends, and family to join their team. Participating PCN will be organizing activities including partnerships with community recreation facilities to motivate participants.

GOGA 2017 offers participants a brand new experience and physical activity tracking system making participation easier than ever before. We want to inspire everyone to learn and experience why physical activity is so important for their health and quality of life.

Registration opened March 13 and there is still time to register to participate. Visit http://GetOutGetActivePCN.com for more information.

SOURCE Primary Care Networks- Edmonton Zone

For further information: Melanie Fuller, Project Manager - Edmonton Zone Primary Care Networks, E: melanief@pcnlivewell.com, C: 780-717-5240

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