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Pumping themselves up for the 24-hour Physical Activity Day is Jennifer Rose of the YMCA (from left), physical activities co-ordinator Corey Crocker, Cumberland Health Authority’s Colleen Dowe, town councillor Robert Bird, Peter Woo, and Forrest Dawe of the Amherst Youth Town Council. The town will have different events taking place over a 24-hour period to encourage residents to get out and be active.
AMHERST – It’s time to get a little pep in your step and get out and be active. The town of Amherst is hosting a long list of different events this weekend and encourages everyone to get out and participate in Physical Activity Day.
“We’ll have activities from trail walking to ball hockey games,” said Corey Crocker, physical activity co-ordinator for the town. “There will be outdoor football, an outdoor snow fort building contest, and different activities going on at the Amherst Stadium.”
Physical Activity Day, Crocker said, helps promote the importance of staying active and showcases the different facilities and activities that are available in the community.
“In the winter, there’s no excuses,” said Crocker. “It’s easy to go out when it’s nice and sunny, when most people are active. But the activity levels are down in Nova Scotia and Amherst, and they are down across Canada.”
This year will be the event’s third year. Crocker said in the past, there have been over 2,300 residents out enjoying the activities the town has to offer.
“We’re looking to exceed that number this year. You have to bare the cold,” he said. “It’s an exciting event. It’s going to be a fun day for sure.”
Colleen Dowe with the Cumberland Health Authority said she is excited for the event and hopes to see a lot people out participating in all the activities.
“People are interested, they’re looking for it and they know what it is now which is very exciting,” she said. “My favourite is the run and I love watching all the kids and love watching people moving, especially the kids outside playing.”
Town councillor Robert Bird said the event is a great way to get residents out and active in the wintertime.
“It might start a good habit in physical activity,” he said. “Physical fitness is something we could all use a bit more of. It’s something to look forward to in the middle of winter.”
Bird said one of the activities he’s looking forward to the most is playing ball hockey with the Ramblers.
“There’s something for everyone,” he said. “Come on out and you’ll enjoy it.”
Events will be taking place throughout town beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. For more information and a complete list of events, visit Amherst.ca or call 667-6503