It took 9.9 million minutes of exercising, but the moves made by North Grenville's residents paid off.
On Monday, ParticipACTION awarded North Grenville the title of Canada's most active community in Canada — a title that came with a $100,000 cash prize.
The title and prize came as part of the 2021 Community Better Challenge, which had communities sign up and track the physical activity of residents of all ages and abilities for the month of June.
“This significant prize money will be used to establish more outdoor recreational opportunities in the community. Options include but are not limited to an outdoor basketball court, a BMX pump track, and/or outdoor exercise equipment for all ages, as well as badly needed improvements to parks North Grenville’s rural hamlets,” Mayor Nancy Peckford said in a statement, adding that she and the community are proud of the achievement.
WE DID IT! @ParticipACTION has declared @North_Grenville Canada’s Most Active Community with a whopping 9.9 million activity minutes in June! Clearly, we knocked it out of the park. ;) @JimWatsonOttawa @Laura_Dudas - when will @Ottawa be flying our flag? https://t.co/NvhtpKyJiq pic.twitter.com/ig3QdJ5Jsm— Nancy Peckford (@npeckford) July 26, 2021
Participants were encouraged to track their minutes on the ParticipationApp or website.
All physical activity minutes counted — whether it was a virtual fitness class, walking the dog or yard work.
Over 2,000 residents took part in the campaign along with more than 20 organizations that help get people moving; including six elementary schools, daycares, fitness studios and community organizations like the Seniors’ Community Services and Community Living North Grenville.