(L_R) Lisa McLaughin, Program Manager, Communities ChooseWell; Sonya Beauclair, City of Lacombe Recreation & Culture Services; Alim Gillani, Project Lead Public Health and Wellness, Government of Alberta and Candace Nykiforuk, ARPA Board and ChooseWell Advisory Committee.

Lacombe recognized with Choosewell Award for Healthy Education

Community Services received this award for participating in the Communities ChooseWell initiative

The City of Lacombe is pleased to announce that it has received a Choosewell Healthy Community Award for Building Community Capacity from the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA).

“I am very proud of Lacombe’s continued success as a ChooseWell Community,” said Recreation and Culture Manager Sandi Stewart. “Eating right and being active are becoming more important as society deals with the fight against chronic illnesses, and I’m honored that Lacombe is recognized as a proactive leader in the province through Communities ChooseWell.”

The City’s Community Services staff received this award for their efforts in participating in the Communities ChooseWell initiative by coordinating various programs, activities and challenges throughout the year to promote healthy eating and active living. Some of the initiatives hosted throughout 2018 include:

  • Painted games on some trails and sidewalks to encourage free play
  • Added new games to the Block Party kits to get neighbourhoods outside playing
  • Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Earth Hour
  • Operation Lunch Box, getting residents packing healthy lunches, targeting schoolkids by running the program at the beginning of the school year
  • Revamped the Find the Right Fit program (change-over to coupons) to increase public participation
  • Provided Welcome Wagon with pool passes for new residents • Pool passes made available at the Mary C. Moore Public Library
  • Facilitation of a number of free wellness sessions through the Community Wellness Services Steering Committee

“I am glad to see that all the work we put into promoting healthy lifestyles is being recognized,” said Community Services Choosewell Coordinator Sonya Beauclair. “Persistence is key to success. Our goal is for people to know that they are making a good choice when they see the ChooseWell logo.”

Lacombe is a proud to be a Communities ChooseWell community. Communities ChooseWell is sparking a movement in Alberta to create healthy communities where eating well and being active are valued and are easy choices for everyone.

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

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