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Celebrate National Health and Fitness Day!

Members of Parliament are reaching across party lines this spring to establish the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day. Show your support for this great initiative by taking the 10,000 Steps Challenge on Saturday, June 7 at the Plant Recreation Centre, Somerset West and Preston.

Challenge yourself and mentor a friend to walk the 10,000 steps health experts recommend as a daily exercise to promote cardiovascular fitness. At the same time, discover the interest and diversity our historic neighbourhoods offer.  Free registration opens at 12 noon, followed by a group warm up at 12:30. The first walkers will grab a passport, fill their water bottles and hit the sidewalks at 1 pm.

The Challenge is brought to you by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Hintonburg Recreation Association, Plant Pool Recreation Association, Plant Recreation Centre and Somerset West Community Health Centre.

 

 

Ten Thousand Steps, June 7, 2014

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The 10,000-Step Challenge

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Celebrate the Plant Pool 10th Anniversary by walking your way to fitness.

Health experts recommend walking 10,000 steps every day for optimum heart health, but how far is 10,000 steps and how long does it take to walk that distance?  Put on your walking shoes, grab a water bottle, invite a friend, and we will show you.

Our multigenerational neighbourhood walk celebrates a decade of accessible, community-focused recreation by encouraging you to have fun and get moving.

Registration will open at 11:30 am (or online in early May).

The official opening kicks off at noon with greetings from federal, provincial and municipal officials.  A group warm-up following the opening will get walkers ready to go.

For each 1000 steps walked, participants get a raffle ticket; the more you walk, the better your chances of winning a great prize.

After the walk, participants are invited to enjoy a picnic of healthy snacks and to watch a variety of fitness and recreation demonstrations. And the cost for all this? Absolutely nothing but a smile and some energy!

The 10,000-Step Challenge is organized by the Plant Pool Recreation Association in conjunction with our community partners including the Hintonburg Recreation Association, Somerset West Community Health Centre, the Plant Recreation Centre, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

The 10,000-Step Challenge, Saturday, June 7, 2014

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The 10,000-Step Challenge

Saturday, June 7, 2014

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Celebrate the Plant Pool 10th Anniversary by walking your way to fitness.

Health experts recommend walking 10,000 steps every day for optimum heart health, but how far is 10,000 steps and how long does it take to walk that distance?  Put on your walking shoes, grab a water bottle, invite a friend, and we will show you.

Our multigenerational neighbourhood walk celebrates a decade of accessible, community-focused recreation by encouraging you to have fun and get moving.

Registration will open at 11:30 am (or online in early May).

The official opening kicks off at noon with greetings from federal, provincial and municipal officials.  A group warm-up following the opening will get walkers ready to go.

For each 1000 steps walked, participants get a raffle ticket; the more you walk, the better your chances of winning a great prize.

After the walk, participants are invited to enjoy a picnic of healthy snacks and to watch a variety of fitness and recreation demonstrations. And the cost for all this? Absolutely nothing but a smile and some energy!

The 10,000-Step Challenge is organized by the Plant Pool Recreation Association in conjunction with our community partners including the Hintonburg Recreation Association, Somerset West Community Health Centre, the Plant Recreation Centre, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

PLANT SALE FOR THE PLANT BATH

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PLANT SALE FOR THE PLANT BATH

On May 10, the PPRA will hold its second annual plant sale from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at the Plant Recreation Centre, Somerset West at Preston.

A walk around Dalhousie in the spring and summer shows that more and more residents of our neighbourhood are taking up gardening, perhaps with a pot on a balcony, containers on a patio, or full blown flower and vegetable plots. Gardening is an easy, accessible, relatively inexpensive way to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Our PPRA sale features competitively-priced perennial plants; that is plants that grow year after year. All our plants come from healthy existing stock, and we offer a selection suitable for full sun to full shade growing conditions. A small selection of house plants will also be on sale, plus books on gardening. Profits from the plant sale help support the PPRA’s programs, including the 10,000-Step Challenge, kids’ swimming vouchers, and the Plouffe Park summer camp.

  

PPRA issues fitness challenge

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The Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) wants you to walk your way to fitness, starting with its 10,000-Steps Challenge on Saturday, June 7.

“We have two goals for the Challenge,” explains Martha Musgrove, co-president of the PPRA. “We want to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Plant Recreation Centre, and we want to encourage residents of our neighbourhoods to get active by walking the 10,000 steps recommended by experts as a daily exercise promoting optimum health.”

The 10,000-Steps Challenge will be a true community effort because the PPRA is partnering with the Hintonburg Recreation Association, the Plant Recreation Centre, and the Somerset West Community Health Centre to organize the event.

On the day of the Challenge, participants will be given a passport at registration and sent out on a marked route, starting at the Plant Recreation Centre. Passport monitoring stations will be set up at approximately 1,000-step intervals along the route. When participants reach each station, their passport will be stamped. For each 1,000 steps completed, each participant gets a ticket for prize draws. The route is being designed so that those who don’t want to complete the full circuit can easily return to the starting point. Challenge organizers hope as many participants as possible will complete the full route, but even walking a few thousand steps is a good start to reaching a fitness goal.

“Since its formation the PPRA has been all about making recreation accessible to the residents of our part of Centretown, and this goal is certainly shared by our Challenge partners,” said Musgrove. “Walking is probably the easiest, cheapest and most accessible form of exercise. We are fortunate because Somerset West and Hintonburg are really great walking neighbourhoods with interesting businesses and buildings in every block. We think the best way to get to know and enjoy these areas is on foot.”

The Challenge promises to be a fun afternoon with music, hip hop dancing, a barbecue, and prize draws for participants. The PPRA hopes that the event will also lead to the establishment of permanent walking groups in both Dalhousie West and Hintonburg. Preregistration for the 10,000-Step Challenge opens in May.