Citizens being urged to celebrate In Motion Week Oct. 3 to 9

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph In Motion is cele­brat­ing its second annual In Motion Week to inspire residents to live more actively and to highlight the suc­cesses WDG In Motion is having across the region.

Kicking off the week of special events, the University of Guelph has invited students from 16 schools across the re­gion to the Guelph Gryphon’s football game on Oct. 3 to recognize their accomplish­ment of reaching Level 6 in the Active Schools in motion pro­gram. The middle of the week is anchored by International Walk to School Day on Oct.7.

In Centre Wellington local celebrations include:

Oct. 3

– 10am to 12:30 pm, Hike the Trail Day, at Wellington County Museum

– 1:30 to 2:30pm, free public skating – at the Sports­plex in Fergus;

– 2 to 3pm, free public skating at the Elora community centre; and

– 2 to 4pm, free public swimming at the Sportsplex.

Oct. 4

– 9 to 10am, free circuit training class a the Sportsplex;

– 1 to 4pm, weight room open house at the Sportsplex;

– 1 to 5pm, the Sensational Amazing Race, (see  www.­sen­sa­

Oct. 5

– 2 to 3:30pm, free adult and tot swim  at the Sportsplex.

Oct. 6

– 6:30 to 7:15pm, free fit­ness class at the Sportsplex.

Oct. 7

– 10:45am poker walk at  Victoria Park Seniors  Centre, and International Walk to School Day; and

– 6pm, bike ride from Elora arena.

Oct. 8

– 9:15 to 10am, free fitness class at the sportplex.

Oct. 9

– 2 to 3:30pm, free adult leisure and lane swim at the Sportsplex.

Local officials are encour­aging fitness programs through In Motion to fight off health hazards due to obesity and inactivity.

:It’s a shocking statistic that over half of the residents in Wellington Dufferin Guelph report being inactive,” said  regional coordinator of WDG In Motion Karen Armstrong. “Our vision is that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph will be a phy­s­i­cally active, healthy com­munity. By celebrating In Motion Week, we hope to en­courage families and indi­viduals to add more physical activity to their daily lives and to draw attention to the work being done in our community to help increase activity rates.”

To find out more about In Motion Week, visit www.wdg­in­