Residents urged to get active

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Canadians are used to being cooped up in the winter, so we take advantage of our short-lived summer months by getting out and active as much as possible.

That’s why across the nation, Canadians are celebrating June is Recreation and Parks Month.

St. Albert’s social media contest

Residents are encouraged to get active by participating in the #activestalbert contest on social media (it sounds a bit ironic, but hear us out).

Snap a photo while you’re using a recreational facility or visiting a park in St. Albert, use the hashtag #activestalbert and share it to either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be entered into a draw for some great prizes. You can also submit an entry to aaschenbrenner@stalbert.ca.

Three Fitbits will be awarded to three weekly winners and two iPads will be given to the grand prize winners at the end of the month.

The same picture or video can be submitted on multiple platforms with each submission equal to one entry.  However, your chances of winning depend on how many eligible entries are received during the contest period. After you’ve posted your photo, don’t forget to put your phone down and enjoy being present and active in the moment!

The city’s recreation and parks marketing and communications supervisor, Wade Bendfeld, said the biggest benefits of the contest are getting out, enjoying the parks and trails and taking advantage of the free activities.

“Stay tuned to our social media channels, see what other people are posting and go try it out. There’s hundreds of different ways to be involved and perhaps to even win a contest,” he said.

Only individuals who are 18 or older (by midnight on June 30) are eligible to win.

Only personal social media accounts will be considered; pages, businesses and organizations are not included.

For more details on contest rules and cut off dates for submissions, visit the recreation events page on the city’s website.

Promoting well-being

Parks and recreation benefit the community on both a micro and macro level.

Individuals can enjoy the health benefits of leading an active lifestyle, which can include maintaining a healthy weight, increasing self-esteem and reducing overall health costs. Children’s imaginations are stimulated when they play in parks or playgrounds and people of all ages can find a deeper connection to nature when they spend more time outside.

Participating in recreation leagues or team sports can help build social relationships and in turn, a strong sense of community. Spending money on recreation also creates jobs, fosters tourism and makes communities a more attractive place to live.

Places to get active in the St. Albert

• Outdoor fitness equipment at Lions Park, Lafleur Park and Leveque Park

• Trails in Red Willow Park

• Lacombe Lake Dog-Friendly Park

• Ball diamonds and soccer fields

• Swimming pools and water play parks

• Kayak or canoe down the Sturgeon River

• Skateboard, rollerblade or bike at the skateboard park

• Various sports programs at Servus Credit Union Place

• Aquatics and a multipurpose court at Fountain Park Rec Centre

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