If you live or work in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it's time to get moving.
The Town is once again offering rewards to those who participate in its Step Challenge, which is now open for registration.
The challenge runs from June 1 to June 30, and participants, who can register as individuals or on teams of up to six people, are asked to monitor their steps with an activity tracker, such as a Fitbit, Garmin or smart phone, said Coun. Jim Collard at Monday's council meeting,
Participants can record their steps on the challenge website or sync their smartphone or activity tracker. The Town's challenge website will include a leaderboard so participants can check out the top teams and individuals with the highest average of steps.
Collard announced the opening of registration Tuesday, and encouraged NOTL residents to take part.
He thanked Lord Mayor Pat Darte for sponsoring the program and challenged other councillors to each form a team, as he has.
Several local businesses have donated prizes, he said, including Coun. John Wiens who is contributing NOTL Golf Club gift certificates. Niagara College and the Niagara Outlet Mall have also donated prizes, he said.
The team with the highest average of steps, and the top two individuals with the most steps throughout the challenge will win prizes.
Also, each of the four weeks a prize — an Ecobee smart thermostat donated by Enbridge Gas Distribution — will be donated to the person with the most steps that week, said Collard.
The Town wants to see its residents – and their visitors, suggested Collard – to get walking, encouraging them to “be healthy.”
To register online go to, notl.icompasscms.com/content/step-challenge.