March 24th 2014

Fitness challenge organized for Vulcan County

Fitness familyThe Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation (VCHWF) has organized a county-wide fitness challenge.

Teams of four will take part in the six-week fitness challenge, which starts on Monday, April 7 and wraps on Sunday, May 18.

“The goal is to get people out and about and active,” said Deb Hartung, operations manager of the Health and Wellness Foundation.

Teams can determine what category they want to enter — mild, medium and intense — so teams of roughly the same activity level are matched up against each other.

Hartung is hoping to build up the challenge, suggesting neighbouring communities could compete against each other.

“And we’re hoping to have 5-K runs or walks in each community,” she said.

A few other local communities have similar challenges, said Hartung.

“Claresholm has had this for the last three years and they’ve had great success with it,” she said.

The points is simple, with 10 points being awarded each time a team member does 30 minutes of physical activity at a moderate intensity level. Children up to 17 years old have to do 60 minutes at a moderate intensity level to earn 10 points, or receive five points for doing 30 minutes of physical activity.

According to information from the Health and Wellness Foundation, “moderate intensity” means that, while you are being physically active, you can carry on a conversation, but cannot sing. Moderate intensity physical activities will cause adults to sweat a little and to breathe harder.

The challenge is based on the honour system, with team members reporting to their captain how many times in a given week they have worked out, and team captains then report the team’s points by midnight on the Wednesday after each week of the challenge.

“Community watch dogs” will be out and about during the six weeks, “catching” people exercising and awarding them bonus points if they wear their T-shirts.

Cash prizes will be donated to the charity of the winning teams’ choice, said Hartung.

A celebration is being organized for the end of the celebration.

A mass registration took place on Monday, March 24 at 4-7:30 p.m. at the Vulcan Business Development Society (VBDS), where the foundation has an office, and the registration deadline is today (Wednesday, March 26).

Registration is $40 per team ($10 per person), with cheques made payable to Vulcan County Health and Wellness.

Forms can be picked up at the Town of Vulcan’s recreation office or foundation office, in the VBDS building, 110 First Ave. S. The forms can also be dropped off at these two locations.

A Facebook page, called “Vulcan County Fitness Challenge,” has been set up, and information can be found on the Health and Wellness Foundation’s website,, under the “News” tab.

LogoTo contact Deb Hartung,
phone 403-485-3147.



Stephen Tipper