Cambridge, Ontario was a prominent fixture on the LRN Capital of Canada leaderboard last spring thanks largely to Andy Hourahine.
Name: Andy Hourahine
I live in: Cambridge, Ontario
#1 Health Goal: To seek a lifetime of physical activity and find new, unique ways to engage in fitness while making it a way to connect to the important people in my life.
Biggest Challenge: In 2006, I took on the role of advocate and Community Animator for Cambridge with the responsibility of encouraging members of my city to further engage in an active lifestyle. Physical activity is a very personal thing, so I took the painstaking approach to connecting our community one member at a time.
Biggest Accomplishment: The non-profit group created through the process, Active Cambridge, is now considered a provincial "best practice" with thousands of connected members working together to build a healthier, more vibrant community. Along the way, I have made many new friends and led my own family through an amazing active adventure.
I will continue to Live Right Now by: keeping a "beginner's mind" when it comes to activity; that is, always try to find unique ways of moving and engaging with my community through fitness and never let my ego get in the why of trying something new.
Personal Tip for Canadians: Find your own active path. It doesn't matter whether you lift weights, run, kickbox, or just dance wildly in your living room. It is all good and good for you. Express yourself every day by moving in ways that make you happy.