GoodLife Fitness launches its annual FREE Summer Teen Fitness Program
LONDON, ON, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - We've all heard about the problem. Our
teens are stuck on the couch playing video games, texting and watching
TV. They're gaining weight, acquiring chronic illnesses and developing
bad habits that will last a life time. So, we've identified the problem
- what's the solution?
GoodLife Fitness is striving to be a part of the solution for a
healthier future for Canadian Teens. That's why, for the third year in
a row, GoodLife Fitness is offering a FREE Teen Fitness Program from
coast-to-coast this summer for youth between the ages of 12 and
17-years-old, from July 3rd to August 31st.
According to the Canada Health Measures Survey 2010 over 26 per cent of children and youth are overweight or obese and 60
per cent of Canadian youth do not get the required daily physical
activity for optimum growth and development. Additionally, 93 per cent
of children and youth are not meeting Canada's Physical Activity
Guidelines (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, CSEP).
"The findings of many recent physical activity and obesity studies are
undeniable and that is why it's so important that we open our
facilities to teens in the summer," said David ("Patch")
Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Founder & CEO. "We need to do our part to
change the course our children are on and help them to lead active and
"We want to provide all Canadians with the opportunity to live a fit and
healthy good life and we know the importance of starting these habits
at a young age," continues Patch, who has four teenagers. "The growth
of the Teen Fitness Program has been fantastic over the past two
summers—as more than 35,000 teens were active and healthy in our clubs
Online registration for the program opened June 1st (www.teenfitness.ca) with the clubs opening their doors for teens on July 3rd. All teens who register for the program will be given a full
orientation that outlines: club etiquette, safety guidelines, workout
tips, safe and proper use of strength and cardio machines, Group
EXercise classes, and appropriate apparel.
"Continuing on the success of last year's program, our goal is that the
teens utilize their free membership to learn that fitness can be fun
and a great part of their everyday lives all while reaping the benefits
of becoming healthier and stronger. Our program has been set up to
ensure that all teens have the proper instruction and tips to ensure
their workout experience is safe, fun, and effective," says Kathy
MacKinnon, Vice President of Operations with GoodLife and the
Operations leader for Teen Fitness.
GoodLife recommends that teens work out three times per week for 60
minutes each time which as CSEP's guidelines for 12-17 year olds outlines, is the healthy amount of weekly vigorous physical activity
and strength training.
Check out what these Teen Fitness members have to say about their
experience with staying active and healthy in the summer months.
For more information or to register visit: www.teenfitness.ca
Kathy MacKinnon, Teen Fitness Operations Lead, is available to discuss GoodLife's Teen Fitness program.
David Patchell-Evans is available for interviews after June 7th.
Local Photo opportunities available upon request
GoodLife Fitness is Canada's largest and most successful fitness company
with nearly 300 clubs across Canada. This year GoodLife celebrated 33
years in business, and holds platinum status Canada's 10 Most Admired
Corporate Cultures award and Platinum Club member, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies representing outstanding management and fiscal performance. With
750,000 members from coast to coast 1 in 45 Canadians is a GoodLife
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SOURCE GoodLife Fitness
For further information:
Public Relations Specialist - GoodLife Fitness
519-661-0910 ext. 424