Personal trainer, Stacey Halliday, is spearheading a 21-day challenge to keep the North Grenville community active in the new year. The initiative is being run through Anytime Fitness Kemptville, where Stacey works. The program will run from January 10-30, and includes things such as meal planning, small group training sessions, and daily challenge videos, for a one-time fee of $199 for gym members, and $225 for members of the community who don’t belong to the gym.
Stacey, who is also a member of North Grenville’s Health, Wellness, and Fitness Advisory Committee, had battled obesity most of her life before changing her lifestyle in her early 30s. When asked if those who are more shy or self-conscious can still participate in the program, Stacey confirmed that the program can be completed from home, if that is what makes someone comfortable.
In July, North Grenville was named Canada’s Most Active Community by ParticipACTION, a national not-for-profit organization which promotes healthy living and physical fitness. The award came with a $100,000 prize, and the Municipality put out a survey to assess residents’ opinions on the best use of the money. The intention now is to use the money for four projects: a new play structure at Crozier Park in Oxford Mills, a new play structure at Oxford Station Park, a new rink shed at Bishop Mills Park, and a new swing set at Henry Street Beach in Burritt’s Rapids.
When asked how her new initiative fits in with North Grenville’s recent honour, Stacey responded, “I think that it will give the residents another program to use as motivation to keep moving. We all killed it in June, getting and staying active all month, to win this title. I want to help offer a way to keep the momentum going, or even to inspire getting moving. The winter is a hard season for a lot of people, whether it is the weather and higher risk of injury, or it could be isolation or mood.”
She also expressed optimism for the future. “I hope we will enter the challenge in 2022 and keep our title!”
Those looking to learn more about the importance of physical activity for promoting both physical and mental health can start by visiting the ParticipACTION website, particularly the pages on physical literacy www.participaction.com/en-ca/resources/physical-literacy, and sports and activities www.participaction.com/en-ca/resources/activities-index.
Brandon Mayer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Grenville Times