‘Summer Active’ makes its move

A family fun walk at Robert Moore School on Thursday morning was the first local step for the six-week “Summer Active 2002” initiative—a nationwide program aiming to “move millions.”
About 60 students made the walk, which starting at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast.
“Everything turned out great,” said Elaine Fischer, health promoter for the Northwestern Health Unit here, who has helped stage activities the past three years.
District elementary schools set to take part in various programs—such as community poker walks, three-on-three basketball, and volleyball tournaments—are Mine Centre, Alberton, and St. Francis (tentative).
The schools that draw the most students to their “Summer Active” events can win $200 worth of sports equipment.
“When schools have events like year-end celebrations, we try to incorporate some activities from our program,” said Fischer. “What we’re doing is putting a challenge out to all schools.”
The health unit also is approaching local business for “active living challenges” as a way to get adults around town to incorporate physical activity in their workplace.
“We have quite a sedentary working population so this is a good chance to get them moving, too,” Fischer stressed.
“Summer Active 2002” will until June 21. For more info, call Fischer at 274-9827.