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Healthy Living Festival committee modifies ambassador criteria, seeks vendors

Smiths Falls Health Living Festival

Plans are well underway for the 2015 Healthy Living Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015, in downtown Smiths Falls.  This year’s event will feature an expanded line up of exciting games and activities, including several new water-based activities, along with many of the favourites from past years like the rock climbing wall and obstacle course.

The 2015 Cardio Move-a-Thon will once again raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, but this year’s event will feature an 80’s theme, with prizes for best 80’s outfit, and an exciting selection of retro 80’s music.  Other new components for the festival will include a basketball tournament organized by SFDCI basketball coach, Todd Spencer.

Each year as part of the festival, an award for Healthy Living Ambassador is handed out on the day of the event.  The Healthy Living Ambassador is selected following nominations of individuals from the community who best promote a healthy lifestyle within their community.  The 2013 recipient was Corey Turnbull, while Melissa Hillier was selected in 2014.  Both are excellent examples of individuals who promote a healthy lifestyle in their community.

For 2015, the committee has modified the criteria to broaden the eligibility and make it easier for members of the community to vote for people they think would be an ideal selection.  The ideal candidate will be the individual who best promotes healthy living within the community, but this has been expanded to identify those promoting active living, healthy eating, healthy sexuality, mental health awareness and education, safety and injury prevention, substance abuse education and prevention etc.

The Healthy Living Festival committee considers the achievements of nominees who have served as a positive role model or who have made outstanding contributions to the community in the area of healthy living.  Some examples of these contributions could include showing dedication to working with others, being a good peer influence, involvement in community projects that promote healthy living, and demonstrating a commitment and leadership in supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles at the community level.

If the nominee is a business owner or a professional working in a healthy living related industry, the nomination could include examples of how the business has had a positive impact on the community, descriptions of the specific activities in which the business or professional engages that have had a positive impact on the community.

Community members are encouraged to nominate their choice for Healthy Living Ambassador by visiting www.healthysmithsfalls.ca and clicking on the link to the form on the home page, or by submitting nominations via email at dba@smithsfalls.ca or in person at 77 Beckwith St. N.  If delivering a nomination in person, please mark clearly on your envelope “Healthy Living Ambassador 2015.”  The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on May 1, 2015.

The committee is also seeking vendors for the 2015 event, and the vendor’s package is available on the website at www.healthysmithsfalls.ca.  Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 visitors to downtown Smiths Falls, and featured approximately 70 vendors.  For more information about registering as a vendor, please call Downtown Business Association Coordinator, Nicola Thomson, at 613-283-4124 ext. 1114 or email her at dba@smithsfalls.ca.

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Healthy Living Festival committee modifies ambassador criteria, seeks vendors

Smiths Falls Health Living Festival

Plans are well underway for the 2015 Healthy Living Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015, in downtown Smiths Falls.  This year’s event will feature an expanded line up of exciting games and activities, including several new water-based activities, along with many of the favourites from past years like the rock climbing wall and obstacle course.

The 2015 Cardio Move-a-Thon will once again raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, but this year’s event will feature an 80’s theme, with prizes for best 80’s outfit, and an exciting selection of retro 80’s music.  Other new components for the festival will include a basketball tournament organized by SFDCI basketball coach, Todd Spencer.

Each year as part of the festival, an award for Healthy Living Ambassador is handed out on the day of the event.  The Healthy Living Ambassador is selected following nominations of individuals from the community who best promote a healthy lifestyle within their community.  The 2013 recipient was Corey Turnbull, while Melissa Hillier was selected in 2014.  Both are excellent examples of individuals who promote a healthy lifestyle in their community.

For 2015, the committee has modified the criteria to broaden the eligibility and make it easier for members of the community to vote for people they think would be an ideal selection.  The ideal candidate will be the individual who best promotes healthy living within the community, but this has been expanded to identify those promoting active living, healthy eating, healthy sexuality, mental health awareness and education, safety and injury prevention, substance abuse education and prevention etc.

The Healthy Living Festival committee considers the achievements of nominees who have served as a positive role model or who have made outstanding contributions to the community in the area of healthy living.  Some examples of these contributions could include showing dedication to working with others, being a good peer influence, involvement in community projects that promote healthy living, and demonstrating a commitment and leadership in supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles at the community level.

If the nominee is a business owner or a professional working in a healthy living related industry, the nomination could include examples of how the business has had a positive impact on the community, descriptions of the specific activities in which the business or professional engages that have had a positive impact on the community.

Community members are encouraged to nominate their choice for Healthy Living Ambassador by visiting www.healthysmithsfalls.ca and clicking on the link to the form on the home page, or by submitting nominations via email at dba@smithsfalls.ca or in person at 77 Beckwith St. N.  If delivering a nomination in person, please mark clearly on your envelope “Healthy Living Ambassador 2015.”  The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on May 1, 2015.

The committee is also seeking vendors for the 2015 event, and the vendor’s package is available on the website at www.healthysmithsfalls.ca.  Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 visitors to downtown Smiths Falls, and featured approximately 70 vendors.  For more information about registering as a vendor, please call Downtown Business Association Coordinator, Nicola Thomson, at 613-283-4124 ext. 1114 or email her at dba@smithsfalls.ca.

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