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Second boy wins 'Be Active' bike

A seventh-grader took home a new bicycle as the grand prize winner of New Richmond's second "Be Active" challenge.

Nathan Fehlan completed the card with help and encouragement from his mom, Darla, announced Tate Wheeler, health enhancement director for the New Richmond Area Centre.

Other second-round "Be Active" winners are Debbie Lyons, who won a Centre sweatshirt, and Ruth Hilfiker, who won a $20 Chamber of Commerce gift card.

There are currently 53 people on the email list for the challenge, said Wheeler.

The next card will run Jan. 24 to March 15. Instead of a bike, the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card to Dicks Sporting Goods.

"Be Active" is a joint project of the Area Centre, Westfields Hospital, New Richmond Clinic and New Richmond Vitality Initiative.

Each quarter a new "Be Active" card is issued to encourage people to become more physically active and become better connected to their community.

Each card lists 16 challenges that participants can complete to be included in a drawing.

The fall challenges were simple enough for just about everyone to complete, said Wheeler as the competition began.

Fall quarter's activities included raking leaves, going bowling or trying Wii bowling, eating breakfast every day for a week, watching no television for two days, competing a 5K (3.1-mile) run or visiting a pumpkin patch, corn maze or apple orchard.

The first "Be Active" challenge ended Aug. 31. About 40 people completed all 16 activities listed on that card.

The grand prize winner then was Jordan Lyons, 11. Other winners included Harvey Halvorson, Ben Mevissen and Laurie Miller.

After the first challenge, which ran for two months, organizers cut the timeframe to six weeks to encourage more people to compete.

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.

Kids and adults are welcome to participate. Families are also encouraged to work together to complete the cards.