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Did you get active on Move for Health Day? Yesterday's annual Move for Health Day saw locals get active through various activities including a walk with the Mayor, free yoga in Centennial Park, school and business challenges and a health and fitness

Did you get active on Move for Health Day?

Yesterday's annual Move for Health Day saw locals get active through various activities including a walk with the Mayor, free yoga in Centennial Park, school and business challenges and a health and fitness fair.

Move for Health Day was founded in 2002 by the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, said City of Fort St. John recreation programmer Serena Warkentine.

"Communities are basically given the responsibility to try to get all the people out doing something," she said during the health and fitness fair in Centennial Park, which had tables dedicated to different gyms, yoga studios and healthy eating advisors.

"We're trying to find new ways to bring light to all the different healthy and active living organizations that we have in the community."

The park was somewhat empty during the fair, which ran 4 to 6 p.m., though the windy and cloudy weather may have been a factor.

"I don't think a lot of people in Fort St. John realize how many organizations we have that offer physical activities and just different things to get people out moving, so this is a really great way to introduce new ideas to people in Fort St. John," said Warkentine.

Getting participation from local schools wasn't a problem as they are required to have between 20 and 30 minutes of daily physical activity. About 10 businesses participated in the business challenge.

Today's Techniques, Shapes of Success, World Gym and Energetics Family Fitness Centre also offered free gym access yesterday.

Last year 1,030 residents participated in Move for Health Day, stay tuned to see how Fort St. John did this year.