Wellness Challenge


Wellness Challenge 2017

Get a group of four together and join the Wellness Challenge. These six weeks of fun are designed to motivate us to be more active and healthy.

Sunday, April 2 – Saturday, May 13       $40 per team or $10 per person

Check the High River Wellness Challenge Facebook page for more details  

Sunday, April 3 – Saturday, May 14, 2016
Welcome to the 6th Annual Community Wellness Challenge!  These six weeks of fun are designed to motivate us to be more active and healthier.
The Challenge will start on Sunday, April 3 and end on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Winners will be announced at the Town of High River Fun Relay to be held on Saturday, June 4th, 2016, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, at Emerson Lake.  All teams that have completed the Challenge will be able to participate in the fun relay free of charge.
·       TEAMS will consist of 4 individuals.
·       If you do not have a team of 4, you can still register and we will do our best to place you on a team.
·       Registration:
-        Registration is $10.00 per person (cash or cheques only - cheques made payable to High River Library).
-        Complete the forms in this package and return (with your payment) to one of the following locations:
v  The High River Library at 909 - 1 Street S.W., during the hours of 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (Mon to Fri), or Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, or
v   The Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex, 228 – 12 Avenue S.E., open from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm (Mon to Friday), or on the weekend from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm.
v  Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 5th, from noon to 5 pm, at Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre.  Look for the “Community Wellness Challenge” banner!
-      Information regarding the Challenge is also available on the Town of High River’s website: www.highriver.ca   and    “High River Wellness Challenge”
·       Points System:  Points are based on the amount of your activity, and you are encouraged to be physically active at your own level.  Points can be earned 3 ways:
(1)  activity
(2)  bonus opportunities
(3)  wearing your scarf
Details regarding the points system are outlined on the “Personal Score Card”
·       Each member of the team will keep track of their own points on the “Personal Score Card” and report the points earned to the team captain at the end of each week.  It is the team captain’s responsibility to submit the team’s points earned for that week. 
·       It is important that you talk to your family physician before starting any exercise program.
If you have any questions throughout the Community Wellness Challenge, contact:
Joyce Brown at (403) 652-2917 - email:  program@highriverlibrary.ca

Earning Physical Activity (PA) Points:
·       Adults (ages 18 years and older):  15 minutes of physical activity = 5 points (daily maximum of 20 points)
·       Children (up to 17 years):  30 minutes of physical activity = 5 points (daily maximum of 20 points)
Physical Activity GuidelinesThe Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines state that Children should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily.  Adults should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
Is there a limit as to how many Physical Activity (PA) points I can earn for my team each day?
Yes – a maximum of 20 points.
Earning Wellness Points (WP)
Each item from the list below is worth 5 Wellness Points (WP) per day:
·       TV/gaming – “I did not watch any tv or tv games today”
·       Homemade Meal – “I ate a homemade meal today”
·       Alcohol/Pop/Tobacco – “I did not have alcohol, pop or tobacco today”
·       Water – “I drank at least 6 cups (48 oz) of water today”.  (Children: 3 cups of water)
·        Vegetables/Fruit – “I ate five servings of vegetables and/or fruit today”.  (see enclosed copy of the ‘Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide’ for information regarding food portions/serving sizes
·       A Good Night’s Sleep – “In my opinion, I had a good night’s sleep last night”
·       Self-care activity – “I spent one hour for myself today” (for example, reading, writing, hobby, Sudoku)
·       Information Session – “I attended an information session today” (details of the sessions are enclosed)
Is there a limit as to how many Wellness Points (WP) I can earn for my team each day?
Yes – a maximum of 40 points.
What are the neck scarves for?
You may be provided with a neck scarf at the time of registration. If you get “caught” wearing your scarf while being physically active, you will be awarded 5 bonus points for your team that day.  There will be “watchdogs” throughout the six weeks, to surprise you with a bonus point card.  You will not know who they are or where they are.  Wear your scarf proudly!  Not only will they indicate that you are a participant but also provide high visibility to vehicles at night.
Does this mean that teams of otherwise sedentary people will compete against teams of marathon runners?
Yes.  However, points are based on time spent on physical activity at your own level.  The goal is to try and encourage all members of the teams to become more active.
Examples of team composition.
Members of the teams may consist of family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, etc., and do not have to be at the same activity level.
As described on the “Points System” page, there are several ways for you to earn Wellness Points (WP), one of which includes attending information sessions.  Each of the information sessions are being provided at no charge, and will cover topics of interest to a variety of people.  You can earn 5 Wellness Points (WP) for attending any of the sessions.  No pre-registration is required in order to attend, and details are as follows:
v   Orientation to the Community Wellness Challenge – Monday, April 4th, from 7 to 8 pm
                                                                                                                           at the High River Library
This introduction to the Wellness Challenge will include an overview of the event and an opportunity for you to learn about earning points, activities, and ways to help you become more active and healthier.
v   Food Portions/Serving Sizes – Monday, April 11th, from 7 to 8 pm – at the Library
If you’re trying to maintain your weight or lose a few pounds, come and learn some tips on how to estimate proper food portions and/or serving sizes.
Pickle-ball -  Tuesday, April 19th, from 11 am to 2 pm – at Bob Snodgrass Recreation Centre
Pickle-ball was created with one thing in mind: fun!  It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you're five, eighty-five or somewhere in between.
Walking Poles – Tuesday, April 26th, from 6 to 8 pm – at the Library (poles will be provided)
Come and learn how to use walking poles.  They can give you a feeling of security, balance and confidence, and once you get used to using walking poles on your adventures, you won’t want to walk without them.
Relaxation Techniques -  Tuesday, May 3rd, from 7 to 8 pm – at the Library 
Relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life.  Come and explore relaxation techniques you can do by yourself.
Cooperative Games and Outdoor Fitness -  Wednesday, May 11th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Come learn how to use the Outdoor Fitness Park and be prepared to do some friendly team competition – at the Outdoor Fitness Park (in-between the Culture Centre and the rear of the Library)
                                                                     “High River Wellness Challenge


Any questions throughout the Community Wellness Challenge can be emailed to
Joyce Brown at:  program@highriverlibrary.ca
Go on line to the Town of High River Website to download the registration package.

Sponsored by:

Primary Care Network
High River Library
Town of High River
McBride Career Group
Alberta Health Services