Walk to win

Win prizes and get fit

  • Aug. 17, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Want to become more active with your family? Win great prizes for you and your community? Then take the Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge!

For six weeks, from Monday, Aug. 8 until Monday, Sept. 19, you can map your walks and share personal experiences online. The more posts you enter, the more chances you have to win some great prizes like pedometers, family packs or the grand prize of one of six family trips to a popular destination in British Columbia.

Everyone knows what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle: be physically active, eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, and limit alcohol and eliminate tobacco use – but it takes a commitment to this kind of lifestyle change. With this challenge, families from across B.C. will be motivated to not only increase physical activity through walking, but also keep up healthy habits as a lifelong commitment.

You can help your community win big, too – just by sharing stories, photos or videos of your favourite walk. Weekly prizes, such as soccer balls and pedometers, will be awarded to communities across B.C. Grand prizes of cash totalling $100,000 will also be awarded to winning communities at the end of the challenge. The top five communities in their population size range with the most submissions will each receive $10,000 to support the development of walking trails. One of the five winning communities will be randomly drawn to receive an additional $50,000.

B.C. is recognized as a leader in Canada when it comes to healthy living, but smoking and obesity still remain the highest preventable causes of death among British Columbians.

There’s no better place or time to explore the beautiful parks and trails every community in B.C. has to offer.

Share your healthy lifestyle stories and see how other communities around the province are doing at: www.HealthyFamiliesBCWalkingChallenge.ca

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