Cambridge Wins 500 Spirit Points!
Andy Hourahine interviews Mayor Doug Craig about Cambridge's bid to be the Live Right Now Capital of Canada.
It's that time again: we've got 500 Spirit points up for grabs! Spirit points are awarded to a community that stands out with their drive to become the Live Right Now Capital of Canada. These points have the potential to place a community in the top 10 - or even the top spot!
This month we had a real conundrum on our hands. For outstanding participation, the choice boiled down to two juggernauts: Edmundston, NB and Cambridge, ON.
We've been biting our fingernails watching these communities battle it out for the top spot since the beginning of the competition. After serious deliberation and a series of scientific experiments, we decided upon Cambridge for the following reasons:
1. Mayor Doug Craig actively supports the campaign, and presented the Live Right Now initiative to city hall. (Watch)
2. They dedicate episodes of local cable show Active Cambridge to Live
Right Now. (Watch)
3. They are consistently engaged, boasting dozens of active groups.
Andy Hourahine, Community Animator for Cambridge, has been the driving factor behind their success and was recently featured as our Inspiration of the Day; read his story here.
There are many other communities taking wonderful strides, too. Here's a list of honourable mentions - we're going to send them all some Live Right Now goodies for inspiring us and the rest of the country!
A true force in this competition, Edmundston has been orchestrating incredible things. Some highlights include free skiing Saturdays at Mt. Farlagne (equipment included), as well as a competition that encouraged participants to log physical activity for a month. Hundreds of residents are active online, and the initiative has received a fair amount of media attention.
In a true feat, Windsor organized not just any fitness flash mob, but a flash mob that was open for any city, town, office, school or individual to join in via satellite! On Wednesday, February 29th over a thousand `people participated at schools, a mall and a senior centre! Check it out and use their flashmob to start your own!
A continual top 3 presence in the competition, Pictou has been incredibly active from the start. Dedicated running groups log their early morning, icy cold workouts. Local radio and newspapers are in on the action, promoting healthy living to their audience.
They may be small, but they're doing big things for their health. Not only has the local Y has been orchestrating flash mobs to promote Zumba; an upcoming Family Day in the Park will host races, scavenger hunts and a healthy dessert contest
Kamloops is taking strides to make sure that everyone can be involved in Live Right Now - volunteer ambassadors work with seniors to help them sign up and earn points!
The island capital's Winter Active Family Day was a grand success, with snow shoeing, hay rides and snow soccer(!). Aside from getting the word out in local papers, a Charlottetown gym is also spreading the word about Live Right Now.
Fuelled by their participation in Village on a Diet, Taylor continues to get active. The "Taylor Winter Olympics" entertained participants with curling and dog sledding events, and Village on a Diet personality Jamie has been spreading the popularity of fitness boot camp.
This Nova Scotia community is getting the community moving with Saturday social walks. It's no secret that finding motivation for physical activity is easier with friends!
Mount Pearl's mayor is participating in a provincial initiative called Eat Great and Participate, which Mount Pearl is linking with Live Right Now. The town also plans to get in the healthy winter mood with a Frosty Festival.