A joint message from Richard Jock, FNHA Chief Executive Officer; and Dr. Nel Wieman, Acting Chief Medical Officer
Every year at this time, we invite all First Nations people in British Columbia (BC) to join the First Nations Health Authority's (FNHA's) 30x30 Active Challenge, which is simply committing to about 30 minutes of any activity during the 30 days of June, and (if you like) sharing your progress on our social media channels. (The 30 minutes is a recommendation, and can be split, for example, into two 15-minute or three 10-minute sessions if necessary.)
The spring and summer seasons are especially good times to either jumpstart or continue our physical wellness journeys by getting out and being more active. There are so many different things to do – swimming, hiking, walking, canoeing, cultural dancing, team sports, and more. Determining what you like and what works for your body is important, because when we enjoy something, we are of course more likely to keep it up.
It is also important not to compare your movement plans with others. If you are just beginning or resuming your physical wellness journey, be patient with yourself. For some, the plan might be drinking more water and walking every day, and for others, it might be swimming, cultural dancing or participating in organized sports. The idea is to find an activity that brings you joy and nurtures your spirit while meeting your health and wellness goals.
Each of us is on our own unique wellness journey, and what works for one person might not work for another. For example, I (Richard) walk at least 10,000 steps every day, some of which I do on my lunch breaks. I (Nel) walk home from the office most days, which is 9K, and also walk my dog regularly including taking him to Pacific Spirit Park for longer walks on weekends.
We would love to hear from you during the month of June about your 30x30 efforts, and encourage you to post your physical wellness journey by tagging us @FNHA on social media, uploading a video or photo here, or engaging with our posts throughout the month of June.
Don't be shy! You never know who you will inspire by sharing your health and wellness journey and the physical wellness tips and techniques that you have found helpful. You can encourage and be encouraged by your friends, family, community, and online community – which will make getting into an exercise habit a little more fun!We hope you will join our 30x30 Active Challenge! Here is how you can participate this month, and beyond: