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June 17, 2003
For immediate release

Island-Wide Walks Planned to Promote Active Living in Conjunction with 55+ Summer Games

Health and Social Services

The Departments of Community and Cultural Affairs and Health and Social Services, in partnership with the 55+ Games Society and recreation departments from participating communities, have organized a series of walks throughout the province to promote health and active living in conjunction with the 55+ Summer Games, June 21, 2003. Locations include: Montague Waterfront Boardwalk, Charlottetown Boardwalk (meet at provincial government parking lot) and Summerside Boardwalk (meet at West End Beach Gazebo). Walks begin in each location at 10 a.m. with receptions to follow.

"Islanders of all ages can benefit from an active lifestyle that contributes to our overall health and well-being," said Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, Elmer MacFadyen. "I would like to encourage all Islanders to take this opportunity to increase their own physical activity by participating in these organized walks with friends, family and neighbours."

"For many adults, walking is the physical activity of choice," said Jamie Ballem, Minister of Health and Social Services. "Walking is a great form of exercise for people of all ages. I commend the 55+ Games Society for encouraging this type of activity for Island seniors and wish them success with the upcoming summer games."

The 2003 55+ Summer Games are being hosted in West Prince and will include golf, 45's, horse shoes, cycling, tennis and crokinole.

For more information on the walks or the 55 + Summer Games, please contact Joanne Wallace at 859-8861 or Sport PEI 368-4110.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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