City wants region’s most active municipality title

Mayor Farbridge encourages all residents to take part in this year’s in motion week challenge

Guelph, ON, September 19, 2013 – The City of Guelph has issued a challenge to the Town of Minto in the 2013 in motion week contest from October 7 to 13.

This year’s in motion week challenge seeks to determine which municipality in Wellington and Dufferin Counties and the City of Guelph is the most active over the 7 day period.

Last year, the City of Guelph came second with an average of 368 minutes of active movement per person, while the Town of Minto claimed the title with 373 minutes per person. The competition was designed for municipal councillors to encourage them to walk or cycle around their community.

Early this week, Community and Social Services Committee Chair, Councillor Todd Dennis, sent a letter to the Town of Minto on behalf of the City of Guelph inviting its Council to accept the challenge. The Town of Minto Council obliged at its September 17 meeting.

“We lost by only 5 minutes and we would like to redeem ourselves,” said Councillor Dennis. “I’m excited this year’s contest is open to all residents. I’m sure our residents will take up the challenge to claim the title of being the most active municipality.”

Guelphites can participate by tracking their physical activities on-line at www.wdginmotion.ca. All entries must be completed by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15. The 2013 challenge will be calculated on a per capita basis.

“In the spirit of promoting physical activity and wellbeing, I am inviting Guelphites to participate in the challenge,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “Guelph is up for the competition! We’re in a good position given our shared vision as a community of creating healthy and resilient people.”

The winner of the 2013 in motion week challenge will be announced on Tuesday, October 15.

As part of promoting in motion week, the Guelph InMotion Committee invites teams to the Couch Potato Challenge Race on Monday, October 7 at the West End Recreation Centre. To register a team, contact Laurie Lantaigne at laurie@childrensfoundation.org or call her at 519-826-9551.

About in motion

in motion is a successful health promotion strategy, resulting in a sustained increase in physical activity rates. In 2006, communities across Wellington County, Dufferin County and the City of Guelph came together to address the alarming rates of physical inactivity in the region. A partnership was formed, called Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) in motion. WDG in motion is a regional collaborative that has operated for 6 years and launched publicly on October 3, 2007, in conjunction with the World Record Walk. www.wdginmotion.ca.

For more information

Todd Dennis
Chair, Community and Social Services Committee
Guelph City Councillor, Ward 6
519-822-1260 extension 2296
todd.dennis@guelph.ca