Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman, Councillor Kristen Strackerjan, Mayor Nancy Peckford, Councillor Doreen O'Sullivan, Councillor John Barclay

The great Municipal ParticipACTION Community Challenge is on and the Municipality of North Grenville will be competing to win, against numerous municipalities across the country.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is a national physical activity initiative that encourages Canadians to get active. Organizers are in search of Canada’s Most Active Community.

It is open to everyone and all minutes tracked on the App and website from June 1 – 30 count towards a community’s total score. After June 30, 50 finalist communities will be invited to submit an application explaining why they deserve to be Canada’s Most Active Community.

At the conclusion of the challenge, one community will earn the top prize of $100,000 and title of being Canada’s most active. In addition to the national winner, there will also be prizes for the most active community in each province and territory.

In order to participate, residents can download the free ParticipACTION app and track their physical activity minutes. Based on your postal code, the App will attribute your activity minutes to your municipality, adding to the community’s total.

In 2019, the City of Enderby, BC which is home to 2,964 people, won the national challenge. That year, cities across Canada tracked a combined 265 million minutes of physical activity to compete for the grand prize. The challenge is open to all organizations, schools, sport groups and workplaces to participate and track their minutes as a team. All group physical activity counts.

This pandemic has brought many challenges for us all and many of us had to cancel a lot of activities, but now more than ever we can find new ways to safely connect with our friends, family and strengthen our communities by participating in this challenge. This contest will support a good cause and help rally citizens around a common goal that helps them improve their fitness levels too.

You can walk, garden, bike, or take part in a virtual group exercise class. This is one activity that we can be, “all in this together!”

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