Warmer weather seems to be the optimal time to leave the house and get some exercise, but it's important to stay active and grab some fresh air in the colder months too. 
 
Winter Walk Day takes place at the Badlands Community Facility on February 1starting at 12:15 p.m..
 
"Winter Walk Day is an initiative put on Participaction and it's the tenth anniversary of Winter Walk Day this year, so that is exciting," explained Rose Poulson. "It's just meant to get people outside and walking during the winter months. So grab a friend or a spouse and get outside."
 
She mentioned their goal is to have 150 walkers participate to symbolize Canada 150. 
 
Poulson added that it is recommended for participants to walk for at least 15 minutes.
 
This year the valley will be engaging in some friendly competition with Fort Macleod.
 
"We are hoping to beat them with number of walkers and total minutes walked for our community so we really need everyones' help to come out and get walking that day," said Poulson. "It doesn't matter where you walk, you can walk anytime of the day, just let us know and we'll add your minutes to our community total."
 
Local businesses can also participate by competiting with one another for the most minutes walked throughout the day. 
 
"We have had help from our local schools, they have been awesome," added Poulson. "They usually hold their own Winter Walk Day event and then they let us know how many students and staff have been out walking that day and we are able to add that to our community total."
 
Poulson is hoping for nice weather for the outdoor walk, but added that there is an alternative plan in place if Mother Nature does not cooperate. 

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