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The Healthy Eating and Healthy Physical Activity Initiative has a busy summer planned! All working groups have been meeting to work toward their 2012 goals. Some of the most notable projects are the ‘Get Your 60!’ video, which has been completed and can be viewed on www.inmotion4life.ca and will also cycle on local Rogers Television stations this summer. This is the first of two videos being released for the ‘Get Your 60!’ campaign. A BIG Thank You goes out to all the CYN Members who participated in the creation of this Public Service Announcement. Please contact Chris Green at ac.nodnolnull@neergc if you are interested in getting these videos on your website or your social media.

Also, HEHPA has partnered with the Y.O.U. and the Dynamic Dozen Flash Mobs to help promote the ‘Get your 60!’ and in motion™ messages this summer. They will not only be getting people physically active through there interactive dancing, they will be providing Menu Makers, Activity Trackers, and ‘Get Your 60!’ and in motion™ promotional materials, so keep an eye out for the Dynamic Dozen this summer!

Drum Fit demonstration by Kidstrong at Westminster Gets in motion™

On Friday May 25th, the Westminster Working Group hosted their second annual community event, Westminster Gets in motion™ at Westminster Park. The event was a great opportunity for the working group to showcase some of their accomplishments and future goals, as well as for Westminster residents to learn about some of the health-related services providers and organizations in their community. Nearly 200 residents came out to the event, many of which were children. Everyone had a great time participating in Zumba and Drum Fit demonstrations.

Along with the introduction of Valley Market in the heart of Westminster, HEHPA has started a backyard gardens program. Valley Market, was opened in May by one of 2011’s Famers Market participants. The former market participants noticed the need for fresh produce, and now provide a year round sustainable option for fresh fruit and vegetables in what use to be defined as a ‘food desert’. The Backyard Gardens is a program run with youth of Westminster, setting up garden boxes that are accompanied with a growth and harvest education piece. Stay tuned this fall for details on the Harvest Celebration!