With obesity and physical inactivity levels at an all-time high in Canada, The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF) is taking strides to promote a healthier lifestyle among Scarborough residents, and aims to make it fun in the process.
TSHF is encouraging everyone to get moving during Scarborough Strides, a unique 12-day active living event being held from September 23 until October 4, 2013. From a health and wellness speaker series at the Scarborough Town Centre and educational sessions for students, to school and neighbourhood workouts, corporate fundraising events, and a grand finale community-wide concert, Scarborough Strides has something for everyone.
“We’re encouraging all Scarborough residents to either participate or donate,” TSHF president, Michael Mazza, said of the event.
All funds raised will be directed to The Scarborough Hospital’s Cancer Care program.
The full-day, free speaker series will take place at the Scarborough Town Centre on Tuesday, September 24. With a speaker line-up that comprises a wide range of health and wellness experts, topics to be covered include: breaking bad eating habits; body image and eating disorders; heart healthy lifestyle choices; mindfulness, meditation and wellness; how to get kids to unplug and exercise; and healthy cooking on a budget.
On Friday, September 27, Pizza Nova and Marek Hospitality will sponsor a pizza lunch – featuring vegetarian pizza, milk and an apple – at Scarborough elementary schools.
The Scarborough Strides grand finale – a free action-packed community concert – will take place on Friday, October 4, from noon until 3:00 p.m. at Albert Campbell Square. The event will feature performances by Canadian R&B singer and Juno nominee Kim Davis, hip hop duo Perfeck Strangers and other surprise attractions.
“As the community’s health resource, The Scarborough Hospital Foundation is committed to promoting healthy habits among local residents and businesses,” Mazza explained, adding that Scarborough Strides also provides an opportunity for the hospital to give back to the community. “There are no limits to what we can accomplish when the community comes together, particularly when we’re all physically at our best.
“The funds raised will enable the hospital to provide integrated cancer care services to the community to ensure patients receive excellent care closer to home.”
Donations can be made online at www.scarboroughstrides.com or at local retailer sponsors Roadsport Honda, Michael’s nofrills, Stephen’s nofrills, Nick’s nofrills and Dave’s nofrills.
To access a schedule of events for the 12-day Scarborough Strides, or a “how-to participate” kit for local businesses, visit www.scarboroughstrides.com.