Team East Ferris is looking for members and everyone is welcome—nobody’s getting picked last for this all-star roster. It’s Participaction time, and through everyone’s individual contributions, collectively, the municipality could be the winner of $100,000 that will go toward physical activity initiatives.
The Community Better Challenge from Participaction is making all of this happen, because as the organization emphasizes on their website, “everything gets better when you get active, even communities.”
To inspire communities to get fit and burn that collective winter fat, Participaction is offering one healthy community $100,000 and the coveted title of “Canada’s most active” community.
East Ferris is eager to take part, and the big show begins June 1st and runs until the 30th. After June 30th, 50 finalists will be invited to submit an application explaining why their community deserves the big prize and the bragging rights.
How does one enter that final 50? By getting active, of course. And yes, Participaction has an app for that. Participants can download the Participaction app for either Apple or Android and once installed, will help log your active minutes and add those to the overall Participaction pot for Team East Ferris.
And Participaction isn’t fussy about how you get active, so all fitness levels are encouraged to sign up for the cause. Almost any activity counts, so put on your walking shoes, break out the bike, or head out to those new pickleball courts and make Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod proud.
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Last year, North Greenville, a small community in Eastern Ontario, took the title. With 16,000 residents, participants generated over 9 million physical activity minutes, many of which were racked up during their now legendary 12-hour marathon tennis match.
The bar is high. East Ferris, those pickleball paddles are calling.
For more information, visit East Ferris’ municipal website, or Participaction’s website, and make June your most active month yet.
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca