The Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation will again be hosting our County Wide “Wellness Challenge” this coming spring, and it will run for the full month of June, registration portal to open in late April. This annual event’s necessary re-branding has seen the “Vulcan County Wide Fitness Challenge” changed to “Vulcan County Wide Wellness Challenge.” This better reflects the broad range of health and wellness aspects emphasized in this event, with the end goal to improve our participants and our community’s overall health and wellness. With the COVID-19 pandemic reality, focusing on all aspects of health is so important.
The event’s goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle by promoting regular physical activity, mental and emotional health, good nutrition, proper sleep, and secure social support networks.
In 2020, we had 150 active participants involved in the Challenge. However, there are 347 members on our social media page. Last year, due to many uncertainties and the ensuing lockdowns, most of our actives were provided online. Once the weather improved, many physical group activities were done in large outdoor areas to accommodate safe social distancing.
We also utilized our social media (Facebook page) to provide video and other content that focused on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Good nutritional practices and community health activities, i.e., random acts of kindness and inspirational sidewalk chalk messages.
The plan again is to have T-Shirts for each registered team member and/or individual. This will allow participants to be easily recognizable and be “caught in motion” when addressing their physical health. Our watchdogs will assign bonus points to those “caught” being physically active while wearing their highly visible shirts. Our committee will be working in conjunction with the Town of Vulcan Recreation Department to support many of their programs. And collectively, we will also be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge. The Community Better Challenge provides the opportunity to not only win the top prize of $100,000 but additionally earn the title of Canada’s most active community.
One of the most memorable moments from last year’s Challenge was Long Term Care residents at the Vulcan Community Health Centre, in their team shirts, enjoying a safe session of Zumba. Indeed, a heartwarming moment and one that encapsulates the vision of the event.
We have enjoyed tremendous success for this event in the past, and we are looking forward to the 2021 event!