By Eric Bourque
A new program designed to get people physically active in the Municipality of Argyle kicks off next week.
Move it & Lose it is a weight-loss challenge for women, the idea being to encourage participants to be more active and to make healthier food choices.
Program organizers hope to deliver the message in a fun way and in an environment where the women can support each other.
The program will consist of eight weekly sessions – starting Feb. 13 – featuring various activities or topics.
A registration night is scheduled for Feb. 11 at École secondaire de Par-en-Bas, where guest speaker Tracy Burgess of the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation will talk about the Walkabout program.
This session, scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a weigh-in. Registration for Move it & Lose it is $40.
This is a new program for the Municipality of Argyle but not to other areas of the province, says Natalie d’Entremont, the Municipality of Argyle’s active living coordinator.
A similar program was implemented in Bridgewater, she said.
“The ultimate goal – and in keeping with the active living strategy for the Municipality of Argyle – is to get people moving,” she said.
Getting together each Wednesday during the eight-week course of the program, participants will get to learn about or try different things related to fitness and healthy living.
“Each week there will be an exercise activity for the women to sample,” said d’Entremont, who will serve as the presenter for two of those sessions, beginning with the Feb. 13 session on snowshoeing.
Other session topics include:
Nordic Walking (Feb. 20, with Ginette d’Entremont); Healthy Eating (Feb. 27, with dietitian Gail Kaiser); Walk ‘n Tone (March 6, with Natalie d’Entremont); Zumba (March 13, presenter to be announced); Yoga (March 20, with Monique d’Eon); Body Toning (March 27, with Carla d’Entremont).
The last session – April 3 – is billed as a time when those taking part in the program can celebrate their accomplishments and decide where they go from here.
“I’m hoping that the participants join a physical activity group or form one of their own,” Natalie d’Entremont said.