February 13, 2006: Capilano College employees walk to Whistler

      February 13, 2006
      Contact: Julie Vanderyagt at 604.990.7910

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Some Capilano College employees will be ditching their Valentine’s Day chocolates for a heart smart alternative this February 14 by joining the Walk to Whistler challenge.

      “We are encouraging our employees to walk and record 124,000 steps between February 14 and April 30, the distance between the College and Whistler,” says Julie Vanderyagt, a member of the College’s Wellness committee that is organizing the event. “The first 150 Capilano College employees who register will be given free pedometers.”

      All registrants will be eligible for various prize draws that will be held throughout the challenge period. The grand prize draw will be for a weekend trip to Whistler, including one night deluxe accommodation at the Four Seasons Hotel, a Ziptrek ecotour for two, and theatre tickets to a show at Maurice Young Millennium Place.

      The challenge was originally initiated by the City of Fort St. John to encourage its residents to track how much they walked each day, starting with walking the equivalent distance from the northern B.C. city to Whistler. It has since been extended to all communities in British Columbia and is gathering participation from all of Canada and the continental United States.

      “We’re hoping that our employees take full advantage of what we hope will be a fun and healthy experience,” Vanderyagt says. “Registration is open to all College employees and will take place on February 14 at the North Vancouver campus in the Birch building, room 126 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

      By getting into a regular routine of walking, numerous health benefits are often achieved, including the following: reduced risk of coronary artery disease; reduced blood pressure and body fat; improved muscle tone and energy; reduced stress; and improved breathing.