by Jeff Mills

New Years is a time of reflection, a rejigging of what is important to us, a time of personal promises. Most New Year’s resolutions center on what we eat and our levels of physical activity.  How often have you heard “I vow to eat less and exercise more?” Gym membership and exercise equipment purchases spike.  Resolutions sometimes stick, oftentimes are fleeting.

This year, skip the personal resolution in favour of a mutually supported and more communal one. Talk to your family and your friends and embrace winter together. We are after all proud Canadians. See snow as a gift and plan to cross country ski together, make Friday night skate dates, snowshoe at the Mill of Kintail… These days with family and friends are the days you’ll always remember as the “good times.”

Want to live in a healthy, active, inclusive community?

The Town of Mississippi Mills has entered the process of writing a new Recreation Master Plan. Step up and discuss what is important to you. Watch for community engagement opportunities. Contact: 613-256-1077

Get involved with Bicycle Month. June 2013 marks its fifth anniversary of community physical engagement and the celebration of all things “self-propelled” and “two-wheeled.”  Consider helping on the organizing committee or bring your own event to this community driven initiative. Encouraged are any bicycle-themed events that promote good health through your school, church, business, or community group. Contact: jmills@themills.on.ca

Start 2013 by sharpening your skates, waxing your skis, digging out your snow shoes, then gathering together to enjoy our Canadian winter!

Oh, and leave any guilt behind!