REC REPORT: Engaging in healthy moving

Grand Forks Recreation is supporting Move for Health Day on May 2.

Move for Health Day is a worldwide Initiative to help get communities healthy and active.

It brings communities together in a spirit of fun inclusivity of healthy active living.

Currently 51 per cent of the province’s population is not sufficiently active, 37 per cent of adults are overweight and 18 per cent are obese.

Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) has set aside Wednesday, May 2 as our community’s Move for Health Day promotional event.

Join us for a walk on the paved trail along the river in City Park or Run/Walk or Bike a five-km route along the Trans-Canada Trial.

The event will start and finish at the BMX Track in City Park at 5:30 p.m.

All participants can enjoy a snack provided by the BMX Association following the walk.

Come share an evening of fun with us, watch the kids’ race on the BMX track and just get out and get active.

We welcome all levels of fitness, all abilities and all ages. This event is sponsored by the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), GFREC and the BMX Association.

Getting kids and youth active is like trying to get them to eat vegetables.

It is hard to find activities that are appealing and interested. GFREC has partnered with Sogo Active, The Grand Forks Cycling Club and the Kettle Valley Runners to offer kids and youth a unique opportunity to experience swimming, biking and running in a fun environment.

Just “Tri” It kids triathlon training is a three-week program to introduce three different spring and summer activities that and are relatively inexpensive that can be done with your parents and friends or alone.

The program starts Monday, May 28 and runs to Wednesday, June 13 with the final session being an introduction to a fun Just “Try “ It Triathlon.

The recreation staff continues to try to make a difference in our community by providing opportunities to get out and get active.

Join our walking group every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

There is no fee or commitment, just show up and enjoy some laughs and meet new friends. The group heads out on our local paved trails or around the block; you go at your own pace and do the distance that works for you.

There are several drop-in fitness classes scheduled at the aquatic centre throughout the week. Pick up a monthly flyer for complete details on times.

Are you interested in a great workout, meeting new friends or having fun with old friends? Co-ed Soccer is scheduled at the Grand Forks Secondary School field every Sunday, evening from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, you can contact Tim Carlson at 250-442-8897.

For more information on the Move for Health Day Event, give us a call at 250-442-2202 or email us at You can also visit our website at to view the May flyer.

Submitted by Lilly Bryant, Grand Forks Recreation