ST. JOHN'S, March 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador and ParticipACTION team up for the third annual Find Your Fit! Community Physical Activity Challenge today to inspire Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to make physical activity a priority. Communities and individuals across the province are being supported to get more active throughout the month of April with the province-wide physical activity challenge focused on healthy, active living and the ParticipACTION 150 Play List.
"Busy schedules, sedentary jobs and hours spent indoors have left little room for physical activity in everyday life, but we can change that," said Elio Antunes, President and CEO, ParticipACTION. "We're honoured to once again team up with Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador to inspire families to move more and sit less and showcase the ParticipACTION 150 Play List."
"A physically active lifestyle is important to the health and wellbeing of our communities and the people who live there," said Annette Oldford, President of Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador. "The Find Your Fit! Community Physical Activity Challenge and the ParticipACTION 150 Play List combination is the perfect opportunity to get our communities more active."
The Find Your Fit! Community Physical Activity Challenge is a province-wide physical activity challenge taking place throughout April that aims to get communities motivated and moving toward healthy, active living through physical activity challenges and education.
ParticipACTION created the 150 Play List to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. It is the ultimate list of 150 physical activities that define us as Canadian. Canadians are being challenged to try as many of the activities on the list as possible, with events taking place from coast to coast to coast to give Canadians the chance to get moving and participate.
Communities interested in participating in the 2017 Find Your Fit! Challenge can register with Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador at www.recreationnl.com/findyourfit. By signing up, communities have access to a variety of tools, resources and ideas to get their residents involved. Communities also earn a chance to win physical activity equipment for their participation, including one of ten regional prizes worth $1000 in physical activity equipment. Individuals are also eligible for prizes by following Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
"We have 36 communities registered for the challenge so far and it's not too late for other communities to join in," added Oldford. "There are many different ways to get active across our province using the ParticipACTION 150 Play List from hiking trails and ski hills to playgrounds and dog parks to community and rec centres programs."
Individuals can also register for the ParticipACTION 150 Play List online at www.participACTION.com/150 and check off the activities they complete to earn entries into weekly, monthly and grand-prize draws. ParticipACTION prizes include fun weekly prizes such as Garmin fitness trackers, $100 gift cards from MEC and Tim Hortons, exciting monthly prizes such as trips for two to amazing Canadian Fairmont resorts and the grand prize is a brand new Chevrolet of your choice (up to $40,000 value). So far, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians registered for the 150 Play List have tracked over 9,400 activities. The most popular activities checked off in Newfoundland and Labrador so far are: 1. Housework (#33/150), 2. Walking (#19/150), 3. Snow Shoveling (#132/150), 4. Yoga (#27/150) and 5. Fitness Activities (#114/150).
Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador hosted the 2017 Find Your Fit! launch event, in partnership with ParticipACTION and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
About Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador
Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL) is a province wide, not for profit organization that promotes the values and benefits of recreation. In partnership with volunteers and the professional recreation community, RNL has worked to improve the quality of recreation for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for over 40 years by supporting the benefits of recreation through communication, advocacy, education and training. RNL envisions a province of engaged communities where all people embrace the benefits of recreation to enhance their quality of life.
For further information: Carla Sullivan, Recreation NL Physical Activity Coordinator, T: 709-729-0569, E: [email protected], W: www.recreationnl.com/findyourfit, twitter.com/Rec_NL, facebook.com [https://www.facebook.com/Recreation-Newfoundland-and-Labrador-455370901173112/] ; Margaret Poole, ParticipACTION Media Relations, T: 902-443-1410, E: [email protected], W: www.participACTION.com/150