The Get Out Get Active challenge ran this year from April 24 – June 4, 2017. Please read about the challenge below and stay tuned for news on next year’s challenge!

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are working together to provide a resource for everyone in our communities to add some activity into their life and have some fun along the way by hosting an annual Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) Challenge. Albertans are being asked to step up their physical activity this spring by joining this free, six week online program. GOGA keeps track of participants physical activities (walking, running, swimming, basketball, cycling, gardening etc.), converts them into steps, which then “virtually” takes them on a health journey.  It is open to everyone of all ages and abilities, especially those who are not currently active and are looking to get started.

Participants are encouraged to track and log their activity each day.  They can monitor their progress online to see how far they have gone on their virtual health journey, as well as to see how their overall team is doing. During the challenge, a pedometer or other step tracking device can be used to track physical activity. The online program can also translate time in various activities into the equivalent in steps.

Participants are welcome to challenge co-workers, friends, and family to join GOGA to increase motivation. Participating PCNs will be organizing activities including partnerships with community recreation facilities to provide more opportunities to be active for all participants.

Join us on our mission to create a culture of wellness starting with a vision to incorporate physical activity into our communities. Whether it be in the workplace, at school, at home or in a recreation facility, GOGA is a unique way to celebrate physical activity achievements.

Why is this important?

Canadians do not move enough in their day and spend most of their time being a zombie sitting in front of a screen at work, or a mobile device at home. Physical activity levels are dropping rapidly for children, youth, adults and seniors as we spend more and more time sitting. This has a huge impact on health and quality of life.

GOGA will get you moving more and sitting less so that we can positively affect sedentary behaviours and physical activity levels across Alberta and beyond!

Did you know that about 5.3 million people die each year because they are not active enough?

But getting started with activity is much easier than you may think. If you were to increase your physical activity by even 10 minutes – you can reduce your mortality risk (risk of death) by 10%.

Whether it be in the workplace, at school, at home or in a recreation facility, together we can celebrate moving more and show you that low activity levels are something you can positively change – in a fun way!

GOGA started as an Edmonton area challenge and last year had 11 PCNs participate. This year the interest has grown provincially to include 21 PCNs. GOGA provides an innovative and fun physical activity resource to millions of patients. We hope that by joining us you will be inspired to reach new physical activity levels, and most importantly, stay active and create lifelong habits which will improve overall health and reduce the risks of chronic disease(s).