School's out, GoodLife free Teen Fitness program is in to keep youth active this summer

Teens age 12-17 will have complimentary access to every GoodLife Club across Canada

LONDON, ON, June 29, 2017 /CNW/ - GoodLife Fitness will launch its Teen Fitness Program July 4, giving youth aged 12-17 complimentary access to all GoodLife Clubs across Canada. Started in 2010, the GoodLife Teen Fitness program runs until September 3. Last year, more than 70,000 Canadian teens registered.

According to the Canadian Youth Sports Report, 60 per cent of Canadian youth are engaged in organized sports during the school year and almost all take part in regular physical education as part of their school curriculum. But parents may be wondering how to keep kids active during the summer months.

"Research suggests that kids often switch to less healthy habits in the summer months compared to when they're in school – like watching more TV and eating high-sugar foods," says Dr. Kim Simpson, child physical activity expert and Program Director for the GoodLife4Kids School Program. "Given that most organized sports have wrapped up and school phys-ed classes have stopped, parents can find it challenging to not only find opportunities for exercise but also to afford those programs and services."

GoodLife Fitness Founder and CEO David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans started the Teen Fitness program in 2010 with the hope of giving teens an alternative opportunity for physical activity that was free for parents.

"We want to give back to Canadian families and to help build a healthy foundation for our young people so that they will continue to reap the benefits of physical activity throughout their lives," says Patch. "Most importantly, we want to show youth that you don't need to be athletic or play competitive sports to be active and healthy – it's about moving your body and feeling confident and happy with it."

Teens can access GoodLife Clubs between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. They will receive an orientation to the equipment to them as well as Club etiquette to ensure their experience is enjoyable and effective. Parents and guardians can register their teen for the program at www.teenfitness.ca.

About GoodLife Fitness
Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Canada and the fourth largest overall in the world. With over 375 clubs from coast-to-coast, including GoodLife Fitness, Énergie Cardio, Fit4Less by GoodLife and ÉconoFitness Clubs, approximately 13,300 employees and more than 1.3 million members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 28 Canadians every day.

Media Opportunities
Interviews available with Dr. Kim Simpson and/or Ali Cropper, GoodLife Fitness Manager of Member Services and Program Lead for Teen Fitness.

About Dr. Kim Simpson
Kim Simpson is a Kinesiologist with a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and is the Program Director for Goodlife4Kids School Program. She is also the author of canfitpro's Children's Fitness Coach course and a Group Fitness Instructor with GoodLife Fitness.

SOURCE GoodLife Fitness

For further information: Media Contact: Adam Roberts, Public Relations Senior Specialist, GoodLife Fitness, mediarelations@goodlifefitness.com, 226-377-1815; James Paul, Public Relations Specialist, GoodLife Fitness, mediarelations@goodlifefitness.com. 226-377-5505

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