Active living promoted

Sylvan Lake is one of 10 communities in Alberta who has been selected to participate in a provincial initiative

Sylvan Lake is one of 10 communities in Alberta who has been selected to participate in a provincial initiative designed to enhance active living.

Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Parks and Recreation have partnered together for an active community strategy initiative which is designed to help promote active living and zero in on gaps which may cause barriers to people taking advantage of resources which are available.

Carol Petersen, contractor with Alberta Recreation and Parks Association said $10,000 has been earmarked for the project. A committee has been struck to ascertain that the community is utilizing its resources for active living to the utmost and determining if there are areas that need to be enhanced.

“The committee is made up of a cross section of people. We’re just getting rolling, but we have a lot of great local people involved and it is very positive,” said Petersen.

Chris Lust, who is on the committee said she is excited about the initiative.

“It’s a matter of taking advantage of what we’ve already got,’ she said.

Mayor Susan Samson, also a committee member, said she is pleased to be part of the initiative which falls closely on the heels of a recently completed needs assessment study in which being overweight and inactive was identified as a major concern.

For more information about the active community strategy, contact Patci Hopkins at patci.hopkins@albertahealthservices.ca