Are you feeling that winter has lost its get-up-and-go (away) this year? Whether it's snowing, blowing or bright, Bow Valley PCN's Spring into Health initiative will help you chase away the winter blues and discover fresh ways to nurture your wellbeing.
Spring into Health is based on the PCN's very successful 2012 campaign, in which more than 500 local people participated. It will encourage you to increase your consumption of vegetables and fruit, boost your physical activity levels and enhance your mental wellbeing. Through making small, attainable changes, Spring into Health can help you improve your general wellness and encourage you to sustain your progress even after the eight-week program has ended. "This is not a highly complex program that will take a ton of time," says the PCN's Active Living Consultant, Randi Lynn Rinaldi. "We're promoting small, sustainable changes that will better your overall health."
Participants will be able to track improvements in each of the three areas: nutrition, activity and a weekly mental wellness goal. Each week they will answer brief email questions on progress and be invited to participate in mini challenges to help boost enthusiasm and keep up momentum. Everyone who responds will be entered into a prize draw and be eligible for special rewards for extra effort. The key requirement is to have regular access to email, Facebook or Twitter for communication about the program and tracking.
Local support for community health
As well as the obvious reward of doing something good for your own wellbeing, Bow Valley PCN also wants to congratulate, thank and encourage participants throughout the eight weeks. The PCN is therefore approaching local businesses to donate reward gifts, such as fitness accessories, mats, athletic clothing or gear, gym memberships or training sessions. Other ideas include soaps, toiletries, grocery cards or cookbooks. "There are so many possibilities," Randi continues. "This is an easy way for companies or organizations to demonstrate support for improved community health. To show our appreciation, we will acknowledge donors through our website and social media."
Spring into Health starts on May 7, ending on June 30 2018, and is open to all Bow Valley residents who want to make incremental improvements to their general wellness by incorporating simple and realistic changes.
How to register:
As an individual: Either through a Community Champion or call the PCN at 403 675 3000 with your name, mailing address, email and phone number.
To make a donation: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403 675 3000 (ext.226) by April 30 and we will send you a fax-back contribution form