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Get out and get active with your local Primary Care Network this spring

April 14th, 2016

Edmonton and surrounding area Primary Care Networks are excited to challenge their patients and communities to Get Out, Get Active Challenge from April 25 to June 5, 2016. 

We are facing a physical activity crisis in Alberta and across Canada. Less than 5% of children and 15% of adults are meeting the recommendations in Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines. The GOGA challenge is a great way to encourage all of us to get moving after a long and often cold winter. 

The Get Out Get Active Challenge is a 6 week online program for all ages which keeps track of participants physical activities (walking, running, swimming, basketball, cycling, gardening etc.), converts them into steps, which then “virtually” takes you on a tropical journey through Costa Rica.  Participating is easy, free and you can win great prizes along the way!   Not only will you be working towards a healthier you by logging your daily steps and activity regularly but participants will be eligible for the 2016 Get Out, Get Active weekly and grand draw prizes. 

Building from the success of previous Get Out, Get Active challenges, we are excited to have 11 Edmonton and area PCNs which include Alberta Heartland, Camrose, Edmonton North, Edmonton Southside, Edmonton West, Kalyna Country, Leduc Beaumont Devon, Red Deer, Sherwood Park – Strathcona County, St. Albert Sturgeon, and WestView.  You do not have to be attached to a physician with a PCN to participate; anyone who wants to get more active can join.  

Participants are encouraged to track and log their activity each day.  You can monitor your progress online to see how far you have gone on your tropical adventure, as well as to see how your overall team is doing.  During the Get Out, Get Active challenge, you can either use a pedometer or other step tracking device to track the number of steps you take throughout the day or you can record the time you spent and what activity you did. The online program can translate time in various activities into the equivalent in steps. 

Participants are welcome to challenge coworkers, friends, and family to join the Get Out, Get Active challenge to increase motivation. Participating PCN will be organizing activities including partnerships with community recreation facilities to motivate participants.
Our mission is to create a culture of wellness starting with a vision to incorporate physical activity into our communities. Whether it be in the workplace, at school, at home or in a recreation facility, the GOGA challenge is a way to celebrate your physical activity achievements. Registration opened March 14, 2016. Visit http://GetOutGetActivePCN.com for more information and we hope to see you there!

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