Let’s get physical

Jamie Heap
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Amherstonians of all ages participate in 24 hour physical activity day

AMHERST-Hundreds of people did their part to remain physically active during 24 Hour Physical Activity Day at Amherst Stadium, Dickey Park and the YMCA.

“It keeps growing every year,” said Amherst physical activity coordinator Corey Crocker Saturday at Amherst Stadium. “In the four years that we’ve held this event, this is the most free for all ages activities that we’ve offered at Amherst Stadium, Dickey Park and the YMCA.  This is the first year that we’ve offered The Numbers 2 Know from Head to Toe program. It has been very well-received.”

Numbers 2 Know from Head to Toe, an initiative sponsored by the Cumberland Health Authority, Springhill, Oxford and Region and Cumberland Health Board, the Pugwash and Area Community Health Board and the Southampton, Parrsboro, Advocate and Region Community Health Board to check blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol on a free, drop-in basis, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm in the heated room situated upstairs in Amherst Stadium.

“The Town of Amherst, in partnership with the YMCA and Cumberland North, offered lots of different activities. It’s all about raising awareness, and we realize that we are just a part of it. There are several basketball tournaments going on too.”

In addition to such activities as dance, yoga, zumba, basketball, pickle ball, mini sticks hockey, ping pong, swimming, water volleyball and at the YMCA, 24 different people powered one of its treadmills in the Amherst Stadium lobby.

“It’s important to stay physically active,” stated Amherst Rambler and treadmill rider Robert Davis on Saturday. “The number one is reason would be for your health. Cardio is very important to stay in shape for the intensity of your shifts in order to be at your best. Without cardio, you wouldn’t last for the entire game.”

Another treadmill rider was YMCA health, fitness and aquatics manager Laura Coleman, who also coaches figure skating in Amherst, Oxford, Parrsboro, Tatamagouche and Truro. “Over 300 people have gone into the YMCA today,” said Coleman on Saturday at 3:00 pm. “Pickle ball is new to North America as of late. It’s a cross between badminton, ping pong and tennis. It adheres to all ages. The paddle is shaped like a ping pong paddle, only bigger, and the ball has holes in, so it moves slower. We’ve had some people try it and they have really enjoy it.”

In addition to the aforesaid activities, such outdoor activities as snow shoeing, snow football and hockey took place at Dickey Park and Church St. tennis courts.

“I was here today in case people needed some snowshoes or wanted to play hockey,” said Peter Woo. “All of the kids wanted to go play on the snow fort.”



Organizations: YMCA, Cumberland Health Authority, Region and Cumberland Health Board Area Community Health Board Region Community Health Board

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Dickey Park, Oxford Parrsboro Cumberland North North America

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