Sogo gives youth the “fit” ex­pe­ri­ence

Southwest Booster - - NEWS - Ge­orge Bowditch

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.”

Tis­dale

noted

there

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.

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