St. Thomas, Ontario, Tuesday May 22, 2018 - New pedometer kits are now available
at all ten branch libraries in Elgin County. Each kit includes a pedometer, a tool
that tracks steps, along with a reusable calendar and physical activity guidelines.
"This is an opportunity for those who may need a little motivation to borrow a kit,
start walking and enjoy the warmer weather that has arrived!" says Jessica Lang,
Health Promoter from Southwestern Public Health.
In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has provided funding for the Elgin
St. Thomas Healthy Communities Partnership to conduct a trails study, which will
examine the existing trail network and identify opportunities to improve trail connectivity.
Research shows that trails are important in supporting access to outdoor recreation
and physical activity.
"As part of this study, we are seeking public input to identify current gaps and
opportunities to improve recreational trail connectivity across Elgin County. We
want to engage local residents, particularly those in the east and the west part
of Elgin County, to obtain their ideas and feedback on making it easier, more convenient
and enjoyable to be physically active on trails. Our focus is on improving access
to trails for walking, cycling, hiking and other modes of active transportation."
The study is utilizing an interactive online tool linked to Active Elgin for residents
to provide their feedback. There will also be information available with the opportunity
for residents to share feedback pertaining to trail connectivity at select Elgin
County branch libraries in June.
"We are working in partnership with Southwestern Public Health to facilitate opportunities
for Elgin County residents to make healthy choices and live healthier active lifestyles"
says Elgin County Manager of Programming and Community Development, Sandra Poczobut.
The trails study and final report will be complete by the end of October. Results
will be presented to the Healthy Communities Partnership for consideration. "This
report will assist municipalities in identifying trail opportunities that can be
incorporated into future plans" adds Lang.