The first annual ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge kicked things off May 31 and running until June 16 across country. Local residents, volunteers and community leaders were treated to a group-led fitness demo.

They were also shown the ParticipACTION app that is sure to inspire and encourage individual to stay on top of their fitness challenge.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is utilizing physical activity and sport to help build within and awarding $150,000 to the community with the most participants and active minutes during their challenge.

The message is that whether you are stepping, jumping, peddling, swimming, golfing, or dancing – you can earn points in the challenge for our local team.

Here are some quick facts!

  • Canadians would benefit from a mere 20 minutes of physical activity per day
  • Only 18 percent of Canadians 18+ years are engaging in up to three hours – of moderate to vigorous weekly physical activity .
  • Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) surveyed behaviours when it comes to health, using indicators like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity.
    • they also looked at fruit and vegetable consumption to calculate a Health Behaviours Score (HBS).
    • these scores vary from 0 to 4 depending on how often healthy behaviours were reported.
    • 2017 survey results were that 50.4% of Canadians 18 years and older (over 13 million people) had an HBS of 3 or 4 compared to 51.5% in 2016.  

Click on the ParticipACTION app for iPhone or Android to start tracking your daily physical activity up to June 16.

(Photo credit: Martin Kwok Photography)