Participate in the Better Community Challenge to help Nelson win $150,000. Photo: Tyler Harper

Help make Nelson the most active community in Canada

The Better Community Challenge launches May 31

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The Better Community Challenge is launching on May 31 and this is your chance to help win $150,000 to make Nelson and area more accessible for all to be active.

A community is defined as a place with a minimum of 1,500 people, so any rural areas or smaller communities will be linked by postal code to the closest municipality to them.

Each community will have special events during a two-week time frame to collect minutes of activity, from May 31 to June 16. Nelson will have its official launch on June 1 at 10 a.m. at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

There are two ways to collect minutes. In each case you will need to log on to participaction.com. If you are 17 or over you can download the app and record your minutes each day. During the period it will automatically send your minutes to Participaction. You can also sync the app to any wearable device and it will record all of your movement during that time.

If you are under 17 you have to have an adult log on and record your minutes of activity. You can also log on your entire family or an organization at this site.

Nelson has been selected as one of the communities that the Participaction rally team will come to and offer activities at three sites on June 5. They will be at Hume School, city hall and the NDCC during the day.

Winners will be decided by a combination of minutes citizens record and how many different and unique organizations are involved and have registered their events. If you are a group or an organization that would like to have an event, you can go to the website and create one. You then would record the number of people who took part, the average amount of time they were active and a male/female breakdown for the event.

Let’s get out and get moving.

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