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Campaign wants you to move 30 minutes a day

­With the warm days getting more consistent, Ottawans should get outside more, says Sue Holloway.

And the communications chair with Active Ottawa Actif isn’t talking about patio season.

“We have beautiful places to be active,” said Holloway. “Parks and green spaces, beaches and facilities.”

With May marking Physical Activity Month in the nation’s capital, Active Ottawa Actif and the city of Ottawa are launching their third annual campaign Saturday to get people moving for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.

Participants of all ages can download a chart off the city’s website or pick one up from a recreation centre to log each day of activity. At the end of the month, the forms are returned for a prize draw, which includes eight bicycles.

“The majority of people don’t do enough activity to be healthy,” said Holloway. “They’re spending too much time in front of TVs and computers and texting on their cellphones.”

The city is also holding its Try It Campaign in May, Holloway said. Residents can get a free five-day pass from any City of Ottawa recreation centre.

You don’t have to join something to be active, Holloway said.

“What we’re promoting is a lifestyle change. Biking to work instead of taking the car, or if you drive, park further away.”

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