Richmond staff participated in a lunch-time bootcamp session at Minoru Park hosted by the City of Richmond. Just one of the many activities hosted throughout the challenge.
182,367 minutes. 3,039 hours. 125 days. That's how much activity time was logged by VCH-Richmond staff during our first ever ParticipACTION activity challenge. With 117 participants, VCH-Richmond staff walked, ran, and bike. They participated in Zumba classes and bootcamps—all in the name of physical activity.
When all was said and done, staff tracked an average of 26 hours per person or 1.5 hours per day—far exceeded the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day, according to Dr. Meena Dawar, Medical Health Officer for Richmond.
“We're really pleased with the results of our first activity challenge," she said. “And while a little friendly competition is always fun, we hope this challenge helped staff see how they can fit activity into their daily routines, and hopefully, saw some of the benefits of being active every day."
As a community, the City of Richmond also fared well in the challenge. Community Centres across the city logged a total of 4.5 million minutes throughout the two week period—brining Richmond 11th overall within B.C. and second in the lower mainland.
“These results show that people in our community want to be physically active—so now it's about how do we harness that enthusiasm and work with our partners such as the City of Richmond to help make Richmond more active as a whole."
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ParticipACTION challenge and thank you to everyone who attended the events. Names of staff who participated in the challenge were entered into a draw. Here are the winners:
FitBit: Satvir Bhandal
Kayaking pass for two: Iulia Bunici
Freshii gift cards: Kim Ma, Willy Rasilim, Genny Veloso
Starbucks gift cards: Susan Paul, James Chia, Charlene Tang, Meena Dawar
OneVCH water bottles: Danielle Berry, Michelle Radnidge, Janis Gazley
Now that the challenge is complete, let's keep the momentum going! Stay tuned for news on activity-related challenges and campaigns to help keep us moving all year round.