Lacombe given ChooseWell award
Community Services Choosewell Coordinator Sonya Beauclair with the City of Lacombe’s 2017 Choosewell Healthy Community Award for Providing Healthy Education. (City of Lacombe photo)
Providing healthy education through a variety of initiatives has won the City of Lacombe a ChooseWell Award.
The award, which the city announced they'd received on Thursday, was given by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA).
"I am very proud of Lacombe's continued success as a ChooseWell Community," said Sandi Stewart, recreation and culture manager. "Eating right and being active are becoming more important as society deals with the fight against chronic illnesses, and I'm honoured that Lacombe is recognized as a proactive leader in the province through Communities ChooseWell."
Community services staff received the award for their efforts by coordinating events, programs and activities that promote healthy eating and active living.
Handing out sprouting kits and seeds to residents to help them learn to grow their own healthy foods, building community gardens through the development of partnerships with the Lacombe Food Bank and Central Alberta Woodworkers Guild and hosting a gardening workshop to help people get the most our of small spaces were just some of the initiatives taken over the past year. Others included Operation Lunch Box, which targetted school kids to eat right, offering pool passes at the Mary C. Moore Public Library, and revamping the "Find the Right Fit" program to increase public participation were also done, as well as the offering of a number of free wellness sessions.
"I am glad to see that all the work we put into promoting healthy lifestyles is being recognized," said Sonya Beauclair, Community Services ChooseWell Coordinator.
"Persistence is key to success. Our goal is for people to know that they are making a good choice when they see the ChooseWell logo."
Communities ChooseWell is a free program open to anyone looking to champion community wellness, develop or improve programs, places, policies and partnerships to create healthy communities.
For more information on ChooseWell, visit arpaonline.ca/choosewell/.