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Getting Ready for Spring with Keyano College

February 23rd, 2014

By Kiran Malik-Khan

It may not seem so now, but the snow will disappear. You will want to be outside sooner than later with the arrival of spring.  Keyano’s Sport & Wellness Centre is also gearing up for the season.

We will be hosting our annual Girl Power and Mega Boyz events, which sees an estimated 800 grade five boys and girls enjoying a day dedicated to them in May. The students enjoy  comfortable environments with girls only, and boys only – busy with all-day activities like martial arts, soccer, nutrition, yoga, belly-dancing, and lots more.

Playful pups is for the slightly younger crowd – geared at 18 to 36-month olds.

“It’s a popular program. We focus on fundamental motor skills with push, pull, spotting, encouraged. It includes both structured, and free play,” explains Pamela Jones Clark, Be Fit for Life Coordinator, Keyano College.

The Sport & Wellness Centre also facilitates Run, Jump, Throw, through the local school boards. The idea is to master the three skills mentioned. It is geared at seven to 12-year-olds.

Pump it Up is a free, similar, after-school program. The idea is to train the teachers and coaches so they can be certified, and run the initiative on their own.

“We want children to be physically active, and that’s the goal with Pump it Up. It is enjoyed by both the students, and the staff,” Clark continued.

“We encourage people to live healthy daily. Get out of the house, and come to the Sport & Wellness Centre. Exercising not only increases dopamine levels, but it helps you fend off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms. It helps on multiple levels,” she added.

For more information, or to register for a program, visit:www.keyano.ca/sswc. Or, call the front desk at 780-791-7792.

Kiran Malik-Khan is a Communications Specialist with Keyano College.

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