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Gearing Up for Winter Activity with Your Be Fit for Life Centre

November 1st, 2015

Photos by Sean McLennan, Keyano College Photographer

By Eden Boutilier

Many parents know the importance of fine tuning motor skills with their children. Development of functional movement can pave the way for ease throughout life in daily activities, throughout physical education and even through commitment to sport. Gaining these skills from an early age can increase a child’s confidence and reduce the risk of injury, especially during the winter season.

The Keyano College Be Fit for Life Centre is home to Playful Paws and Playful Pups, one of the only programs in the region that focuses on physical literacy in children.  Even though it may seem like play-time to the child, they are actively working on developing confidence and competence in fundamental movements while having fun.

“Often parents describe our program as a great start for their kids. We receive multiple quotes of appreciation for the program each year,” explains Keegan Kuhr, Be Fit for Life Programmer. “Our program is unique to the region, the Be Fit for Life Centre at Keyano College is proud to host it.”

Playful Paws is designed for children ages 18-36 months to start off on the right paw! Taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays, parents and children get moving together through a series of both structured and free play activities.

The Playful Pups program is designed for children ages three to six years old and offers an active start for participants. Taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays, the program follows the Canada Sport 4 Life’s Long-term Development Plan; parents and child will focus on movements such as running, jumping and balancing.

Classes are a small interactive size, with a maximum capacity of 12 children. The Playful Paws program offers 20-minutes of structure activity and 40-minutes of free play, while the older children in Playful Paws enjoy 40-minutes of structure activity and 20-minutes of free play.

“Free play is important for the kids to try movements and all actions learned from class on their own in a safe area with mats and other equipment for them to climb on as well,” explains Keegan.

The program started in 2007, around the time when the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre opened, Keegan ran the program while he attended Keyano College for the first two years. He left Playful Paws and Playful Pups and later returned as a program coordinator in 2011. In 2013 the Be Fit for Life Centre took ownership of the program.

Programs run four times per year. Classes end in December and the next sessions will open in the New Year. All program details can be found at keyano.ca/bffl

 

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