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75 take the Hike it or Bike it Challenge!

By Ken Johnston

One of her first duties as the new Health Promoter at Rainy River’s Northwestern Health Unit was to announce the winner of the Hike it or Bike it Challenge bike draw!
Krista Neilson took over Heidi Ivall’s position on July 29th, the last day of the challenge! Ivall who ran the program as well as countless others, retired from NWHU.
Neilson who hails from Stratton, had been working in Fort Frances at NWHU for the last 1.5 years. She was running Workplace Wellness programs for the entire NWHU region out of Fort Frances. Since Ivall’s position was only half time, Neilson’s Workplace Wellness and the Health Promoter positions have been combined to make a full time position in Rainy River.
The Hike it or Bike it Challenge was created to try and get people to be more physically active in the Rainy River area. Participants are encouraged to “Get up and get active on foot or wheels for six weeks!”
75 people from the area registered and were asked to track their daily physical activities on a provided calendar. If they turned the completed calendar in at the end of six weeks they were eligible to win a brand new mountain bike!
While people set their own personal goals, Neilson said it is recommended that adults get 150 minutes of physical activity per week and kids should get 60 mins. per week.
“We are pleased with the participation and when they turned their calendars we asked them if they increased their physical activities as a result of the challenge. Most said they did,” said Neilson.
Once the challenge was over those who turned their calendars in were put into a random draw for the bike. The winner this year was Joyce Penner of Rainy River!