Local residents are being encouraged to take part in the inaugural Push-Up Challenge.
It’s a new national fundraising event and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) says more than 40,000 people across the country have already signed up to complete 2,000 push-ups over 23 days.
“The Challenge is all about bringing mental health to the forefront of our conversations and raising awareness,” says Mary Davis, CEO of CMHA North Bay and District. “If push-ups aren’t for you, we encourage alternative exercises like sit-ups, squats, or burpees. You can also play a part by supporting a participant or donating to the Canadian Mental Health Association.”
The challenge runs through Feb. 23 and aims to put the spotlight on the 20 per cent of Canadians who experience a mental illness each year.
Officials say the challenge started seven years ago in Australia and has raised more than $40 million for mental health in that country.
To learn more visit www.thepushupchallenge.ca