Crossfield celebrates Health Challenge victory
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:38 am
The town of Crossfield was officially rewarded for winning the 2014 Highland Primary Care Network Health Challenge on May 4, as it received the trophy during a celebration at the Crossfield Community Hall.
“We’re going to enjoy it for the moment, but for me, the idea behind the competition is about raising more awareness for healthy active living, and not winning a trophy,” Crossfield Mayor Nathan Anderson said.
“It is nice to be recognized though, while at the same time seeing the interest that or community has in healthy active living,” he added.
The challenge, which ran from Feb. 21 to April 14, saw participants in six different communities logging their points through an online profile that kept track of their daily health and wellness activities.
Those activities included things such as taking the stairs or walking to appointments instead of driving, or certain workout routines.
“Right from the start, we could see Crossfield was a very active community and they got in front right away,” HPCN Medical Director Dr. Tammy McKnight said.
“Even though they had a smaller population (of 2,853 people) than a place like Airdrie, they were able to come out on top.”
Beiseker, Carstairs, Didsbury, and Irricana also took part in the challenge. Among those who were there to congratulate Crossfield on winning the Health Challenge was former Olympian Michelle Giangualano, who was the event’s guest speaker.
“It’s something that you can’t help but feel proud to be a part of,” said Giangualano, who competed in the speed skating event at the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
“It was incredible to hear about how much work was put into putting a challenge like this on, especially in a small community like this one that was able to win it,” she added.
As of press time, it is yet to be determined whether the Health Challenge will come back for another year in 2015.