The City of Richmond could not have timed their ‘Move for Health Week’ more aptly. Spring is acting all Summer-like, we’re each receiving excessive amounts of Vitamin D, and I can’t imagine NOT wanting to get outside and get active!
Move for Health Day (May 10th) is a worldwide initiative founded by the World Health Organization, with a mission to promote healthy lifestyles and build awareness around the benefits of physical activity. Richmond doesn’t just dedicate a day to it, however; Move for Health gets a full five days filled with school and workplace challenges, a speaker series, fitness classes, and a festival on the 10th at Minoru Park. The festival will include community booths, a walk with the mayor, the participACTION funmobile (if Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod are on that thing, I will be so excited),
a performance stage, more than 20 organizations offering ‘try it’ activities, and two of the Lower Mainland’s most popular healthy food trucks! I’d be lying if I said that last one didn’t really catch my eye.
Even if you’re not able to join in on any of the official Move for Health fun, maybe you’ll be inspired just to get outside for a bit longer each day, or try out a new exercise class at your local gym. Or, just put on some tunes and dance around by yourself. Here’s some inspiration from Robyn, who is very good at this:
Yesterday I moved, ate, then moved again. My parents were passing through town and our friend Mary was visiting from Prince George, so the four of us met at my parent’s hotel for breakfast, the Four Points Sheraton on Alexandra Road.
I lathered on the sunscreen and biked there, so I had a good appetite by the time we ordered.
The Four Point’s Worldwide Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is located just to the left of the hotel’s lobby. My dad and I both ordered the Sheraton Tradition, my mom had the breakfast pie, and Mary ordered the cinnamon French toast.
The Sheraton Tradition is a croissant topped with black forest ham, two poached eggs, and Swiss cheese, served with hashbrowns and a bit of fruit. It wasn’t fancy, but it was quite satisfying, and the potatoes were extra crispy.
My mom’s breakfast pie was an egg, vegetable, and cheese quesadilla served with salsa and sour cream. She opted for the healthier version of it, which comes with scrambled egg whites and a whole wheat tortilla. It looked good, and she really liked it.
Mary’s French toast was two slices of battered and fried cinnamon bread, served with syrup and a good portion of fresh fruit. She said that without the syrup it was a little dry, though still very sweet.
This was basic breakfast fare – nothing extraordinary, but not very expensive either (each of our meals was under $12). Our server was really friendly, and we were able to sit and catch up for several hours.
After our late breakfast, I headed over to The Oval in order to keep a-movin’. I haven’t been there in awhile, simply because I’ve been loving the sun and never want to go inside (truly, I’ve begun working in the mornings on our front porch). Yesterday, however, I spent an hour at The Oval and had a great workout. I’m blissfully sore today.
I hope this week you all get a chance to Move for Health! At the very least, bust a few moves to Robyn. Have a great Wednesday.
8368 Alexandra Road, Richmond BC (in the Four Points Hotel)
Cash and cards accepted
Vegetarian and ‘healthier’ options available