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Towns of Wembley, Sexsmith to look at creating healthier communities for residents

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The Towns of Wembley and Sexsmith are on track to becoming healthier communities. The municipalities are two of 24 locations across the province to take part in the Alberta Healthy Communities Initiative this year.

Over the next three years, Wembley Mayor Chris Turnmire says the town will get $20,000 to do a number of projects to promote healthy living.

“An example could be an extension of a walking trail, it could be some physical fitness kinds of things or indoor walking…I think we can key on three of four important initiatives or actions that can improve the overall health of the community.”

The town first applied for the Alberta Health Services lead initiative last December and is still in the early stages of the program.

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“I think the intent is everything that this initiative would do would be leading towards a healthier community, some healthier residents [and] more healthy lifestyles,” says Turnmire.

Sexsmith Mayor Kate Potter says they are excited to take part and that the program is really designed to bring people together.

“It’s not just exercise, or eating well, it’s also a connection with the community and building relationships and growing town spirit; all of those things are wrapped up into one.”

Turnmire says an information session to gauge Wembley residents’ interest in participating will be held on October 7th at 7 p.m. in the rec room at the Source Energy Arena and Recreation Centre.

Valleyview was also chosen to take part in the initiative from 2019 to 2022.

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