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Fifth Grade Students Explore Physical Activity and Healthy Living : Your local Be Fit for Life Centre hosts Girl Power and Mega Boyz Day Conference

June 25th, 2015

Photo courtesy of Sean McLennan

By Eden Boutilier

What happens when 779 fifth graders take-over the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre? As you can imagine, a whole lot of fun, recreational activities and learning opportunities.

Girl Power and Mega Boyz Day were hosted in May as a part of Keyano College’s Be Fit For Life (BFFL) Centre’s community programming. These are two separate day events full of healthy living activities. The 8th Annual Girl Power Day was hosted on May 13 and the 7th Annual Mega Boyz Day was hosted on May 27.

“You could feel the excitement from 9 a.m. when it started and all the way through the day right to the end of closing ceremonies.  The students were so polite to all staff,” said Keegan Kuhr, Be Fit For Life Programmer at Keyano College’s Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre.

Due to the high number of participants the days were hosted on separate dates with some adjustments to programing for the grade five boys and girls. On both days, opening ceremonies began at 9:45 a.m. and closing ceremonies started at 1:45 p.m. The events kicked-off with a special appearance from Keyano College’s mascot, King, and the 2015 Wood Buffalo Summer Games mascot, Mistiko.

Following the opening remarks, 383 girls and 396 boys took part in over 13 workshop options. Each student was able to choose four sessions to attend. The sessions included anything from break dancing and Zumba to nutrition and Air Cadets.  

“The purpose of these conferences is to devote a separate day to grade five girls and grade five boys in order to expose them to empowering activities,” explained Keegan. “The goal is to encourage our youth to remain active and make positive choices as they get older by introducing them to variety of activities targeted towards healthy living.”

Students are encouraged to carry the skills they’ve learned at the conferences through in their daily activities. The sessions offered the opportunity to explore their likes and interests in nutrition, athletics and physical activity so they can incorporate it on a regular basis.

Sponsors include In Motion Network and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Save-On-Foods donated fruit and water for the students. Staff support was provided by Alberta Sports Development Centre Northeast (ASDC), Apple Schools, Alberta Health Services, Fort McMurray Public Schools, Girls Inc., Alberta Sport Connection and Go Girl.

“The last part that always amazes me is the way that all staff and athletes around the building come together to help out with this event. With the changes that have happened in the last few months this event would have not been possible without all the support of the staff around the Sport and Wellness Centre alongside the volunteers,” said Keegan.  

Keyano is one of nine colleges in Alberta that offers a Be Fit For Life Centre on campus. The Centre provides services and educational resources to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles in the Wood Buffalo community.  The Centre also provides fitness certification and courses through the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association including exercise theory, fitness theory and resistance training. The BBFL Centre is committed to providing the community with healthy living programing that inspires and educates our region.  

Eden Boutilier is the Communications Coordinator, News and Media Services at Keyano College. For more information about Keyano and its programs, visit

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