Move for Health Day Becoming “hip” Movement in BC

by NationTalk on May 11, 2007928 Views

BCRPA sets goal of 50,000 participants province-wide in 2007

VANCOUVER, May 10 – Grade 4 students at Burnaby’s Maywood Community School got “jiggy with it” today with Minister of State for ActNow BC, Gordon Hogg as they learned how to dance hip hop together on BC’s Move for Health Day. Joined by BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) CEO, Suzanne Strutt, BC Lions Community Relations Director, Lui Passaglia, ActionSchools! BC program manager, Bryna Kopelow and Principal Susan Montabello, the students participated in a physical activity designed to have fun and get the heart rate up.

“Move for Health Day is a great kick-start to getting British Columbians more physically active,” said Gordon Hogg, Minister of State for ActNow BC. “BCRPA is a great partner in reaching our goal of having the healthiest region ever to host an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010.”

The Maywood Community School event was one of over 190 events across the Province where the goal this year is to reach 50,000 Move for Health Day participants. This will represent a 40% increase over last year’s 35,000 participants. Last year there were 161 events. Results for 2007 will be tallied and released on www.bcrpa.bc.ca/mfhd on May 18.

Elsewhere, band elders led members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band in McKenzie, BC on a 2 km “Chief’s Walk” and the Seabird Indian Band in Agassiz, BC organized an “Active on Wheels” day encouraging its members to get out on wheels and ride 5, 10 or 15 km. The McLeod Lake and Seabird Island Bands joined two other BC Bands, over forty schools and nineteen local governments all over the province that engaged in activities ranging from walking, Nordic pole walking, running, super splash events, kayaking and aquafit to hula hoop competitions, among others.

“We have seen big jumps in participation each year and this year is no exception — Move for Health Day is becoming a real movement in BC,” affirms Suzanne Strutt, Chief Executive Officer, British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association. “There is still time to get involved and we are encouraging everyone to register their activities today at www.bcrpa.bc.ca/mfhd. Let’s move together to meet the provincial goal of increasing physical activity levels by 20% for a healthier BC in 2010.”

Communities getting involved this year include Courtenay, Fort St. John and Cranbrook, 100 Mile House, Campbell River, Fort St. John, Golden, Grand Forks, Kelowna, Nelson, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Vancouver, among many others. To view a full list of communities and activities, please go to www.bcrpa.bc.ca/mfhd.

The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, a not for profit organization dedicated to building and sustaining active healthy lifestyles in BC, has spearheaded Move for Health Day activities in collaboration with the BC Healthy Living Alliance and with funding from the Provincial Government through ActNow BC and in partnership with 2010 Legacies Now, to help British Columbians meet the 20% physical activity goal for a healthier BC in 2010.

ActNow BC is the provincial government’s health and wellness initiative that promotes healthy living choices to improve the quality of life for all British Columbians. For more information visit www.actnowbc.gov.bc.ca

Move for Health Day was designated by the World Health Organization in 2003 as a world wide day of physical activity.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release will be available later today on the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca. Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

For further information: Susan Boyd, Tel: (604) 601-8568, Cel: (604) 999-3058, sboyd@webershandwick.com; or Brendan Bailey, Tel (604) 601-8565, Cel: (604) 377-4851, bbailey@webershandwick.com

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