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Help New Richmond burn one million calories

Imagine our community coming together for one week to burn a total of one million calories.

Does it sound possible? That's the challenge that is put before the New Richmond community by the local Edward Jones offices, The Centre, Westfields Hospital and the New Richmond Pathway Committee.

As part of this year's Corn Fest, the week of Aug. 20-26 will be the time for people of the community to come together to track their calories.

According to Jim Heebink, a member of the Pathway Committee, the idea for the Million Calorie Burn grew out of last year's Cycle St. Croix bike ride. Basically, the group wants to do more than offer a bike ride. They want to involve the whole community in an activity that is both educational and fun.

Everyone knows that exercise is important, but really, how many calories do you burn when you walk for 30 minutes or swim laps in a pool or work in a garden? With a national recommendation that everyone gets 150 minutes of exercise each week, what does that mean in total calories burned? So, the challenge is to see if New Richmond, all of us, young and old, athlete and non-athlete, could burn one million calories in one week.

Take a walk through one of the wonderful parks or trails in town. Swim laps. Ride your bike. Whatever your choice of activity, just do it and record it.

The payoff, if successful, comes from Edward Jones, The Centre and Westfields Hospital, who pledge to donate a combined $9,000 to the New Richmond Area Community Foundation's Trail Fund.

Participation can be on an individual basis or as a business, group, club, organization, etc. For a business, this offers an excellent opportunity to start or add to their company wellness program. During the week leading up to Corn Fest, there will be opportunities for groups to participate in scheduled activities. Information will be available to show what various activities generate in calories burned.

In addition, everyone who registers for the Million Calorie Burn will have "free" access to The Centre and all its facilities Aug. 20-26 to help assist in ways to burn those calories.

The New Richmond News will carry short educational articles in the editions leading up to Corn Fest, regarding exercise and calories and how you can get involved. For those seeking information on the Million Calorie Burn, contact Kayla Bertram at the New Richmond Area Centre at She will track the calories for everyone who registers. Each day, an update will be made tracking the calories burned for the community so everyone can follow the progress toward one million. The week's efforts will finish on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Corn Fest.

To get registered, go the The Centre website ( and clink on the link on the home page.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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