Town of Ponoka has once again been granted the “Communities ChooseWell” award by Alberta Recreation for Parks Association for helping Ponoka residents make healthier choices.
Megan Pharo, program officer at the association said in an e-mail that Ponoka was deemed worthy of the award for a number of reasons.
“Ponoka once again held their successful youth triathlon, but this year they took it a step further to open it up to adults and teams for registration,” she said.
“Ponoka incorporated ChooseWell’s message of ‘Healthy Eating and Active Living’ into this event to promote healthy lifestyles in their community. Ponoka also took part in ChooseWell’s ‘June is Recreation and Parks Month’ as well as promoted healthy family meals in their community by participating in the ChooseWell’s Sobeys 21 Days to Healthy Eating Challenge” she added.
Wes Amendt, Town of Ponoka’s Director of Community Services, paid tribute to community organizations like FCSS and Ponoka Youth Centre for their cooperation in implementing programs aimed encouraging families to get out and be active.
He said the town was trying to promote other community activities like August Splashfest, downtown walking program and the community garden.
Amendt said the town had received the same award twice before for encouraging community members to make healthy choices.
One of town councillors will receive the trophy on behalf of the town at a ceremony on Nov. 29 in Sherwood Park.