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Strong, Free and Happy bike tour promotes physical activity for mental health

June 27, 2013

Jessica VandenBussche cyclingTwenty-four-year-old Jessica VandenBussche is cycling across Ontario to promote physical activity as a means to improve mental health. On Friday, June 21, the University of Waterloo kinesiology graduate launched the northern leg of her journey near Thunder Bay. Jessica’s route will take her south via Sault Ste. Marie and the Bruce Peninsula, through southwestern Ontario and around the Golden Horseshoe, finishing in Ottawa by mid-July.

Along the way, Jessica will be visiting as many rural communities, schools, health centres and other community gathering places as possible. On Canada Day, the City of Owen Sound, H.E.R. Grey Bruce and the local CMHA branch will help Jessica raise awareness about her mission to inspire sustainable action, empower people, open communication, promote mental health and prevent mental illness. Activities will include a bicycle tour of Owen Sound harbour and mass outdoor Zumba and Nia classes at the Kelso Beach Bandshell.

As she cycles across Ontario, Jessica is inviting supporters to donate to the Canadian Mental Health Association at her event page page.

She’ll also be posting daily updates on her blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

To follow Jessica’s progress, sign up for e-mail updates at Strong Free Happy.

Go Jessica!

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