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Getting active for a cause – and better mental healthsupplied

We all know that exercise is good for our bodies. But it can also be good for our minds. Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical activity can be a valuable tool to fight the stress and anxiety that many Canadians are feeling.

With Team in Training, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) offers people of all fitness levels an opportunity to be physically active and alleviate stress, all while raising funds for life-saving blood cancer research and support programs.

“Research shows that exercise can help improve mental health, and now more than ever, we need to be physically active,” says Nancy MacDonald, Team in Training campaign manager for the LLSC. “Team in Training can help get people moving and at the same time, alleviate stress and the psychological effects brought on by the pandemic.”

Since all traditional events have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, the LLSC launched an Across Canada Challenge. The goal is for participating individuals to collectively cover the distance of the Trans-Canada Highway from Newfoundland to British Columbia and back again. Participants walk, run or bike in their own neighbourhoods, at their own pace, all while raising funds for the LLSC.

Since mid-June, 108 registered participants have logged 12,550 kilometres and raised over $30,000.

“With 3000 kilometres left to run, the team’s goal is to be ‘back’ in Newfoundland by Labour Day,” MacDonald says.

To learn more about Team in Training and the All Canada Challenge, go to

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