Sogo gives youth the “fit” experience
Children aged 13 to 19 had a chance to experience various sporting activities on a trial basis during the Sogo Active Youth Day on Saturday.
“We wanted to do something for youth wellness and so did the City and Sogo and we thought it would work really well together. I think things have gone pretty well,” explained Jenise Tisdale who was in charge of Saturday’s event hosted at the Stockade.
Tisdale is the Provincial Co-ordinator for the Parent Mentoring Programwith the Cypress Health Region and accessed some available funding from Eyefx Media and coordinated efforts with Maureen Hardy and Nicole Peno from the City.
There was a wide range of sports for the children to try out, and most cruised around and got a taste of the various sports that were offered.
“There are a bunch of activities that the kids can partake in for physical fitness such as Tai Chi, boxing, hockey, volleyball, yoga, just so they can try something that maybe they haven’t tried before rather than to commit to something and not enjoying it. They can check it out this way.”
is more to youth wellness than just playing the game.
“On top of the physical fitness component we have education sessions, myth buster sessions, body building 101 for those kids that want to learn the proper way to start body building, nutrition in sport so you know what to eat and when, when you are being physically active and then body image. It is important for kids to learn to like who they are in the skin that they are in and not want to be something else.”
Tisdale added that she is hoping this is the first annual as everybody seems willing to do it again next year.