LONDON, ON, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - GoodLife Fitness launched on-line
registration for the 4th annual FREE Teen Fitness Program. The program is available for youth
between the ages of 12 and 17, providing complimentary access to
GoodLife Fitness Clubs from coast-to-coast from July 2nd to August 31st.
The statistics tell the story. According to the Canada Health Measures Survey 2010 over 26 percent of children and youth are overweight or obese and 60
percent of Canadian youth do not get the required daily physical
activity for optimum growth and development. Additionally, 93 percent
of children and youth are not meeting Canada's Physical Activity
Guidelines as outlined by Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
More recently, Active Healthy Kids Canada gave Canadian Children a D- on
their annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. In addition to low levels of inactivity, 69 percent of youth, ages
12-17, are spending increasing amounts of their lives sedentary and
watching much more than the CSEP recommended two hours or less of
screen time per day.
"Many different research studies clearly show that Canadian Teens NEED
to become more active," says David "Patch" Patchell-Evans, GoodLife
Founder & CEO. "GoodLife's Free Teen Fitness Program was implemented
because we knew it was important to take a leadership role and be a
part of the solution. At GoodLife, we are passionate about helping
Canadians of all ages get moving and active and we are thrilled that so
many Canadian Teens have gotten involved in our program."
"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 healthy
habits at a young age," says Patch, who has four teenagers. "The growth
of the Teen Fitness Program has been fantastic over the past three
summers, with more than 38,000 teens participating last summer."
Last year, Teens who signed up for the FREE summer program averaged
approximately three workouts per week, the recommended amount of
vigorous activity and strength training for youth ages 12-17 as
outlined by CSEP. (Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines).
"GoodLife is very excited for the growth of the program and the fact
that the Teens who sign up are using the club regularly and reaping the
benefits," says Kathy MacKinnon, GoodLife Vice President of Operations
and the lead for Teen Fitness. This year we have even more enthusiastic
GoodLife Associates are available to ensure that all teens have the
proper club orientation, instructions and tips to ensure their workout
experience is safe, fun, effective, and a building block for a
healthier and more active future."
All Teen Fitness participants must register with a parent or guardian at
www.teenfitness.ca and bring the completed registration form into the club.
Upon receiving their membership, Teens will be given a full orientation
that outlines: club etiquette, rules and safety guidelines, workout
tips, safe and proper use of strength training and cardiovascular
equipment, Group Exercise classes, and appropriate workout apparel.
For more information or TO REGISTER YOUR TEEN, visit: www.teenfitness.ca
Kathy MacKinnon, Teen Fitness Operations Lead, is available to discuss GoodLife's Teen Fitness program.
Local Photo and interview opportunities available upon request
Founded in 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company in
Canada. With over 300 clubs from coast-to-coast, over 12,600 Associates
and more than 877,000 members, GoodLife is helping to transform the
health and wellness of 1 in 39 Canadians every day. Motivated by
GoodLife's vision of giving every Canadian the opportunity to live a
fit and healthy good life, David Patchell-Evans, Founder & CEO, strives
to develop innovative partnerships and collaborations in all areas of
health, fitness and wellness and continues to play a significant role
in the healthcare system in Canada. GoodLife has achieved Platinum
Status Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, as well as Platinum Level
Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. www.goodlifefitness.com
SOURCE: GoodLife Fitness
For further information:
Public Relations Specialist- GoodLife Fitness
519-661-0910 ext. 424