Queen's University

Physical activity challenge aims to get people moving

[Event organizers Morgan Craig-Broadwith and Kaitlyn Hougham]Event organizers Morgan Craig-Broadwith (left) and Kaitlyn Hougham.

The Queen’s chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network is working to make people on campus a little healthier this summer. The inaugural Queen’s University Physical Activity Challenge runs from June 14 to August 13. The free program is for staff, students, faculty, and local residents.

“This is an initiative that will allow people to realize how easy it is to become physically active,” says Kaitlyn Hougham, a member of the Queen’s branch and one of the organizers of the challenge.

Individuals who sign up receive a free pedometer. Those who increase the number of steps they take from week two to week eight will have their names entered into a draw for the grand prize – a fitness package from Limestone Health Consultants and Kingston Body Management valued at $500. Participants will also have the chance to win memberships to local fitness clubs.

During the challenge, there will be weekly seminars and activity sessions on everything from mental health and meditation to injury prevention. There will also be running and cooking workshops. The goal, organizers say, is to get people moving more.

“The internal benefits of being active are immediate, and then you start to notice other benefits, like weight loss and an increase in energy,” says Morgan Craig-Broadwith, a master’s candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and one of the co-founders of the event.

The challenge will also give participants the opportunity to collect donations in support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a community-based charitable program that helps kids aged 4-18 participate in organized sports and recreation.

The Physical Activity Challenge is free to people of all fitness levels and abilities. For more information or to register for the challenge visit https://sites.google.com/site/consnpqueens/

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