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Second 'Be Active' challenge set to begin Oct. 15

Jordon Lyons was the winner of the first "Be Active" card challenge and drawing. Lyons, 11, completed the entire Be Active Card and turned in his entry for the drawing. Each "Be Active" card has 16 activities for participants to achieve.

The fall "Be Active" challenge is about to begin.

A joint project of The New Richmond Area Centre, Westfields Hospital, New Richmond Clinic and New Richmond Vitality Initiative, a new "Be Active" card is issued once per quarter to encourage people to become more active and become better connected to their community.

The first "Be Active" challenge ended Aug. 31. About 40 people completed all 16 "challenges" listed on the card and turned in their finished card to be included in the eventual drawing.

The winner of the grand prize bicycle was Jordan Lyons, 11, of New Richmond. The second place prize (a free city park rental worth $35) went to Harvey Halvorsen; and the third place prize of a Centre sweatshirt went to Ben Mevissen.

Several other people finished at least four challenges on the card and were entered in a drawing for a New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce gift card. The winner of the gift card drawing was Laurie Miller.

The new, fall challenge includes 16 new challenges, all of which are simple enough for just about everyone to complete.

According to Tate Wheeler, health enhancement director of The Centre, this challenge will run for about six weeks (from Oct. 15 to Dec. 1).

"We wanted to squeeze the timeframe and see if more people will complete the challenge," Wheeler said of the decision to cut down the time of the previous two-month challenge. "If it goes on too long, people forget about it and don't keep working on it."

Wheeler said the goal is to encourage at least several hundred people to take part in the community-wide effort, and thus improve overall wellness of the local population.

The new cards will be available at The Centre, New Richmond city offices and the New Richmond News office. The "Be Active" cards will also be sent home with every elementary student enrolled in New Richmond schools on Friday, Oct. 12.

Wheeler said the hope is that Hillside, Starr and Paperjack elementary schools will challenge each other to see how many students complete the cards over the six weeks. A new bicycle will again be the top prize, with the winner selected in a random drawing of all people who have completed the challenge.

The "Be Active" cards aren't just for kids, however. Adults are welcome to participate as well. Families are also encouraged to work together to complete the cards, as the individual challenges are activities geared for all ages.

Among this quarter's "Be Active" activities are "raking leaves at your home or at a neighbor's home," "going bowling or trying Wii bowling," "visiting a pumpkin patch, corn maze or apple orchard," "walking the trail at Hatfield and Freedom Park," "eating breakfast everday for an entire week," "watching no television for two entire days," and "completing a 5K (or 3.1-mile) run or walk."

It is free for anyone to participate in the challenge. During the course of the challenge, participants who wish can receive bi-weekly health tips and updates as an extra bonus.

For more information, contact Wheeler at 715-243-0843 or email