Tuesday, 22 November 2016 08:00

Pincher Creek ‘chooses well’ to win award

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Diane Burt Stuckey and Adam Grose from the Pincher Creek Recreation Department show off their ChooseWell award for Creating Supportive Environments. The Town of Pincher Creek received this award for the hard work that has been put in to creating a healthier, more active community. Diane Burt Stuckey and Adam Grose from the Pincher Creek Recreation Department show off their ChooseWell award for Creating Supportive Environments. The Town of Pincher Creek received this award for the hard work that has been put in to creating a healthier, more active community. Photo contributed

The Town of Pincher Creek has been a recipient of a ChooseWell award once again and it means a lot to the community.


The ChooseWell awards are a part of a provincial initiative of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association. Its goal is to promote, support and develop programs, policies and partnerships that foster community wellness through active living and healthy eating.
The intention of this initiative and the awards is to spark a movement in Alberta to transform its communities into places where making the healthy choice is an easy one.
Diane Burt Stuckey, director of community services for the Town of Pincher Creek, says communities can register with the program on an annual basis. Pincher Creek has participated for several years. There are no registration fees for being part of this program.
Burt Stuckey says ChooseWell provides workshops, webinars, resources, funding and networking to encourage participating communities to pursue their goals for creating healthier and more active communities.
Currently, there are more than 200 communities in Alberta that participate in the program each year.
Pincher Creek received the “Creating Supportive Environments Award,” which speaks to all the aspects of the natural and built environments in a community such as parks, trails, and facilities.
It also recognizes the social environment, which includes relationships between people and groups in a community, the emotional well-being of a community and the community attitudes and values.
Burt Stuckey says Pincher Creek has participated in ChooseWell for several years and has received  a High Achiever Award as well as one last year for Developing Healthy Policies.
She adds specifically, Pincher Creek outlined a number of new achievements over the past year that include producing the first Pincher Creek Community Program and Activity Guide; the initiation of Moonshadow Run in 2015 with 200 participating and held again in the fall this year; the recreation department participating in a cancer prevention initiative; being a member of the newly-formed wellness committee; and a trail open house was held to gather recommendations on future trail improvements or extensions to make them more walkable, accessible and safe.
These are just a few of many of the initiatives provided for people of all ages to be healthy and active in the community.
“Many of the initiatives were made possible only through the partnerships with local groups and organizations. Over 20 were identified as partners over the past year to co-sponsor or support the programs and services listed above,” adds Burt Stuckey.
Town of Pincher Creek officials know they’re doing the right things and moving the community in the right direction when it comes to being active and healthy, thanks to receiving this award.
“It lets us know that we are on the right track by encouraging our community residents to eat healthy and to be active. We are being … recognized for creating those supportive environments, which makes it easy to make healthy choices in their day-to-day life. We are fortunate to (have) many recreational facilities, parks and trails. However, these will only benefit our residents … through their participation and usage,” explains Burt Stuckey.
She adds it feels good to be recognized for the Town’s work.
“We’ve been … working (very) hard this past year to bring in new and fun programs (and) activities to engage more people of all ages. Also, we are proud of our relationships and work with other groups and agencies in our community that are working towards the same end. It is an award that we should be very proud of as a community. It says a lot about our values and sincere efforts to make Pincher Creek a healthy place to live.”
The Town of Pincher Creek received a trophy at the awards reception held as part of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association conference.

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