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Teens work out for free this summer!

- June 19th, 2013
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GoodLife Fitness has good news for teens.

One more reason to wish I was a teenager again: a free GoodLife Fitness membership this summer.

For the fourth year in a row, GoodLife Fitness is offering its free Teen Fitness Summer Program. That means youth from 12 to 17 years old get complimentary access to GoodLife gyms across Canada from July 2 to Aug. 31.

Here’s the press release:

Research Study Reports: ‘Canadian Teens need to be more active.’

GoodLife Fitness Responds with FREE Teen Fitness Summer Program!

For Immediate Release

[London, ON]— GoodLife Fitness launched on-line registration for the 4th annual FREE Teen Fitness Program. The program is available for youth between the ages of 12 and 17, providing complimentary access to GoodLife Fitness Clubs from coast-to-coast from July 2nd to August 31st.

The statistics tell the story. According to the Canada Health Measures Survey 2010 over 26 percent of children and youth are overweight or obese and 60 percent of Canadian youth do not get the required daily physical activity for optimum growth and development. Additionally, 93 percent of children and youth are not meeting Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines as outlined by Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

More recently, Active Healthy Kids Canada gave Canadian Children a D- on their annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. In addition to low levels of inactivity, 69 percent of youth, ages 12-17, are spending increasing amounts of their lives sedentary and watching much more than the CSEP recommended two hours or less of screen time per day.

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Teens averaged three workouts per week during last summer’s program.

“Many different research studies clearly show that Canadian Teens NEED to become more active,” says David “Patch” Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Founder & CEO. “GoodLife’s Free Teen Fitness Program was implemented because we knew it was important to take a leadership role and be a part of the solution. At GoodLife, we are passionate about helping Canadians of all ages get moving and active and we are thrilled that so many Canadian Teens have gotten involved in our program.”

“We want to provide all Canadians with the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life and we know the importance of starting these healthy habits at a young age,” says Patch, who has four teenagers. “The growth of the Teen Fitness Program has been fantastic over the past three summers, with more than 38,000 teens participating last summer.”

Last year, teens who signed up for the FREE summer program averaged approximately three  workouts per week, the recommended amount of vigorous activity and strength training for youth ages 12-17 as outlined by CSEP (Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines).

“GoodLife is very excited for the growth of the program and the fact that the teens who sign up are using the club regularly and reaping the benefits,” says Kathy MacKinnon, GoodLife Vice President of Operations and the lead for Teen Fitness. This year we have even more enthusiastic GoodLife Associates are available to ensure that all teens have the proper club orientation, instructions and tips to ensure their workout experience is safe, fun, effective, and a building block for a healthier and more active future.”

All Teen Fitness participants must register with a parent or guardian at www.teenfitness.ca and bring the completed registration form into the club.

Upon receiving their membership, teens will be given a full orientation that outlines: club etiquette, rules and safety guidelines, workout tips, safe and proper use of strength training and cardiovascular equipment, Group EXercise classes, and appropriate workout apparel.

For more information or TO REGISTER YOUR TEEN, visit: www.teenfitness.ca

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GoodLife’s Teen Fitness Summer Program runs from July 2 to Aug. 31.

GoodLife offers FREE fitness for teens this summer

- May 17th, 2011

image001Good news for fitness-conscious Canadian teens this summer.

GoodLife Fitness is running a FREE Teen Fitness Program at all of its clubs from coast-to-coast for the months of July and August.

(I have to admit I’m a little jealous. When I got my first gym membership — at the now-defunct President’s Fitness Club on Regent Avenue in Winnipeg — around the age of 15, I paid for it using proceeds from my paper route.)

But check out this press release:

GoodLife Fitness FREE TEEN FITNESS PROGRAM 2011

Did Your Teen Leave an Impression on Your Couch Last Summer?
GREAT NEWS….
They Can Make an Even Bigger Impression on Their Health This Summer!

LONDON, ON. —  GoodLife Fitness is offering a FREE Teen Fitness Program from coast-to-coast this summer for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Teens can utilize all GoodLife Fitness Clubs between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week in July and August to stay fit and have fun this summer.

Registration will begin for the program at www.goodlifefitness.com on June 1, 2011.

We’ve all heard the news. Overweight and obese teenagers are tipping the scales at an alarming rate — one of the predictors of an unhealthy future for this generation. According to the Canada Health Measures Survey 2010, that’s over 26% of children and youth. Additionally, 60% of Canadian youth do not get the required daily physical activity for optimum growth and development and 93% of children and youth are not meeting Canada’s physical activity guidelines (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology).

“At GoodLife, we are passionate about helping all Canadians become fit and healthy and we know the importance of starting healthy habits at a young age,” said David Patchell-Evans, GoodLife founder and CEO. “We piloted the Teen Fitness Program in most of our clubs last summer.”

“In some communities across Canada, such as Ottawa, there was an extraordinary response where thousands of teens got on-board and enjoyed the positive benefits of fitness,” said Tracy Glennon, director of operations for GoodLife Fitness. “My own daughter Kate and her friends took part last year and had an amazing time trying new experiences such as group cycling classes and welcomed the great orientation the club teams gave them to strength training. Teen Fitness gave us the opportunity to do something cool and fun together as a family.”

GoodLife Fitness

GoodLife Fitness is Canada’s largest and most successful fitness company with over 275 locations across Canada. This year GoodLife will celebrate 32 years in business, and was recently honoured with platinum status Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures award and awarded Platinum Club member, Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies honouring seven consecutive years of outstanding management and fiscal performance. 1 in 45 Canadians is a GoodLife Member!

Teen Fitness Connection

Launched by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the Teen Fitness Connection is a nationwide initiative designed to introduce exercise to teens by offering free summer matinee memberships.

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Weight-loss coach has tips for teens

- April 19th, 2011
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Valerie Orsoni is always on the ball.

Today’s teens are under more pressure than ever to be thin, but the number of overweight teens continues to grow, says Valerie Orsoni.

The celebrity weight-loss coach remembers all too well what it was like to be an overweight teen.

Here are some of her recollections:

“When I was 17, my best friends were called ‘Cinnamon Roll’ and ‘Chocolate Sundae with Extra Sprinkles.’ I was quite incapable of contenting myself with just a single scoop of ice cream as opposed to most of my friends, and quite frankly, back then a cinnamon roll could be swallowed in just one bite (because they were a lot smaller than they are nowadays).

“I had zip will power. Adding a topping to my sundae was just a lame excuse to console myself after the realization that I would never get the dream figure I saw splashed all over magazine covers … that’s right, I read every fashion magazine that came my way; all of them featuring skeletal models, who to me, represented the normal weight that was attainable by anyone. I (almost) hated my friend Karen, who one day announced she didn’t like chocolates or candies. How was that possible? How was I totally unable to have such will power? I really didn’t like myself too much, I must admit!

“In a way I was lucky, because my dad was also overweight. I say lucky because due to this we decided to lose weight together. Not to look like a model, but to get healthy, and be able to live a long and happy life. So we tried every fad diet possible, always losing a few pounds (and sometimes a lot) in the process, and always regaining it all afterward. Of course, this yo-yoing became very frustrating, leaving us feeling doomed to be overweight.

“It was then that we decided that all of these fad diets were actually harming us, and we started going to the library to educate ourselves. (This was before the Internet era, so the library was the logical place to go.) At that time the Glycemic Index studies were being conducted in Australia and this concept was the springboard to helping me lose a lot of weight with a healthy approach: easy fitness (nothing crazy and dangerous), no forbidden foods, and learning how to love my body no matter what. In the end it was a combination of self love + yummy food in controlled portions + regular exercise that did it for me. I have NEVER regained the weight I lost then, and nor has dad.

“My personal struggles with my weight, and my successful journey to discovering a balanced approach to life, food, and body image, is what inspired me to build a coaching empire focused on healthy living. I have a passion for health and I believe that everybody deserves to feel great in their own skin. Be kind to your body. You can do it!”

And here are some of Orsoni’s tips for teens:

1. When at school, go for the soup to start with (there is ALWAYS a soup). It will bring you healthy nutrients and fiber and will curb your appetite by 25%.

2. At lunchtime, instead of just staying on a bench with your friends, talk and walk. You will tone your body, burn calories without even sweating!

3. To get glowing skin: start your day with a freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of water.

4. Hang out with friends who are not obsessed by their weight (weight obsession is contagious and not healthy).
Start your day with 10 sprouted almonds for great skin.

5. Always carry a small healthy snack in your bag: 1 apple + beef jerky for instance — and stay away from the 100-calorie pouches. They are a real trap!

6. To get yourself motivated, find a favorite picture of yourself and put it up somewhere where you can see it often. Write an inspirational message on it that can become your mantra anytime you need a pick me up. Good ones are “You Can Do it!”, or “You Go Girl!” and “I have the Power.” Or any other statement you like!

Visit LeBootCamp.com for more info on what Orsoni has to offer.

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