August 2, 2021 News, Recreation

Get Active! is a free program that teaches women how to be physically active. Fewer women than men are getting the recommended amount of physical activity. This gender gap can be due to unique barriers a woman faces, such as family commitments or missing out on learning fundamentals of physical literacy at an early age.  This initiative aims to reduce psychological, social, cultural and financial barriers to participation. Build physical literacy and confidence in trying new fitness activities with Get Active!

There are 3 components of this 4-month program starting September 2021: mentorship, social activities and subsidized activities.

  1. Mentorship – The mentorship component pairs a participant with a Kinesiology student mentor, who helps the participant find activities that they may want to try. This allows a personal approach to developing a physical activity plan and teaching physical literacy. Participants can ask questions they otherwise may feel embarrassed to ask. Mentors and mentees will meet bi-weekly, either in person or virtually on Zoom.
  2. Social Activities – Monthly gatherings provide an opportunity to explore new activities and to help build a sense of belonging. The first event will include an orientation and following events will be catered to the interests of the participants. Future activities may include a workshop on mental health, a social walk through Pacific Spirit Park or watching a hockey game together.
    • Thursday, September 7, 6-7:30pm
      • Program Intro
      • Meet your mentors
      • Community Centre tour
      • Fitness Centre orientation
    • Tuesday, Oct 5*: TBD
    • Friday, Nov 19: T-Birds Women’s Hockey Game – UBC Vs. U of A
    • Tuesday, Dec 7*: TBD
  3.  Subsidized Fitness Programs – Participants can attend various physical activity programs at a discounted price.

Requirements

  • Get Active! is open to all self-identifying women over the age of 19. Priority is given to new immigrants.
  • Space is limited to 10 participants.
  • Please complete the application by August 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

This initiative is led by Josie Chow, UNA Program Coordinator. Josie has over 10 years experience in health, fitness and recreation. After earning her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology degree at UBC, she worked as a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer before returning to working in Recreation. Josie is passionate about helping others live a more physically activity lifestyle. Please contact josie.chow@myuna.ca for inquiries.

This program is a grant recipient from the WISE Fund from Canadian Women & Sport.

*Dates are currently tentative and may change.

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