Mental health challenge a success

The local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association wrapped up Mental Health Awareness Week last Friday with a barbecue for the participants of its “Exercise for Health” challenge.
Nancy Daley said about 150 people in town registered for the challenge, in which they recorded the number of minutes they spent exercising outside during the week and then reported their numbers to her.
Prizes went to the individual and the group of five with the most minutes of activity, but all the participants were invited to the barbecue.
Wanda Linton won the individual prize with 740 minutes of exercise from Monday to Thursday. Linton said her main exercise was walking.
Meanwhile, a team of staff from Family and Children’s Services won the group prize. The group consisted of Tina Leimenstoll, Stuart McIvor, Melanie Bragg, Angela Shute, and Jacquee Savage.
Leimenstoll attended the barbecue and said her main exercises involved walking and tennis.
The winners received a certificate and a watch with the “Emerging Into Light” symbol of the CMHA.
Students in Grades 5-8 from J.W. Walker School here (currently housed at Sixth Street School) also participated in the challenge and shared in Friday’s barbecue.
Daley said she was pleased with the response from the community and hopes to hold a similar event next year.