Nelsonians urged to 'get active'

21:44, Feb 05 2014

Nelson's efforts have helped to raise $20,000 for the Heart Foundation, as part of a national ‘Get Active' run by Cityfitness.

Beginning in October 2013, Cityfitness and the NZ Heart Foundation travelled the country challenging Kiwis to put their health in check and take part in a ‘Get Active' challenge. The funds raised will go toward life-saving heart research, programmes to encourage healthy lifestyle changes and helping people affected by heart disease.

Starting in Auckland, the Cityfitness Team travelled south in their custom built mobile gym encouraging individuals to join approximately 15,000 others taking part in the Get Active Challenge to improve their health and collectively burn 100 million calories. The challenge not only exceeded their goals and expectations, but also won the Innovation Award at the NZ Fitness Awards.

The Nelson effort was a huge part of the initiative's success. Michael Cowie, club manager at Cityfitness Nelson said the campaign brought the vision of making New Zealand the healthiest nation in the world one step closer.

Here in Nelson the level of support for the Get Active campaign was absolutely fantastic," says Michael. "People really embraced the concept of the campaign and being partnered up with a national charity like the Heart Foundation really assisted us in creating a huge level of awareness in the local community.

"Nelson, without a doubt, is well- known for its active outdoor lifestyle and all things sport and fitness. As the club manager it's immensely rewarding to get such positive feedback on our programmes from locals and the many visitors to the region."

Michael said he is looking forward to the many other exciting things that Cityfitness will be bringing to the Nelson region in 2014.

He also hoped locals would continue to support the NZ Heart Foundation and back them during Heart Week, from February 10 to 16.