Fitness boot camp helps fight teen
Canada (Press Release) December 20, 2008 -- CALGARY, Alberta
(CNN) -- Giving the gift of a healthy lifestyle can be the
greatest gift of all this holiday season, not the latest gadget,
toy, or tasty treat.
Participants will get a great workout
at the Teen Power Hour boot camp.
The Calgary-based organization is doing its part to combat
by teaching kids proper nutrition and exercise in a four to
eight-week fitness boot camp similar to NBC's "The Biggest
The Teen Power Hour boot camp hopes its program will catch
"We wanted to work with 11-17 in a meaningful way, and
we saw firsthand how fitness
and physical activity in general is being neglected in this
population. With a lot of work, we've started a program that
officially starts Jan 5th 2009, that encourages hard work
and is a fun way to get in shape," said Teen Power Hour
designer Allan Fine.
Teen Power Hour program is a four to eight-week after-school
boot camp program which teaches participants how to meet their
fitness goals. Video Watch for more on Teen Power Hour »
Parents are motivated to get their teens in shape because
their not involved in an fitness program or organized sports
team.Participants' fitness levels are assessed at the beginning
and end of the program.
Each week, Blaine Meller and his wife Marsha will lead the
three 60-minute sessions that include fitness instruction,nutrition,self
image and physical health education. In addition, the participants
are assigned two homework assignments on nutrition to be performed
"After four weeks, all participants have an increased
total fitness ability. We will have averaged over 40 percent
improvement in total fitness. It's common to have a participants
double their fitness ability," Fine said.
"No one has taught teens how to work out, or that they
even have the capacity to work out. They gain an appreciation
for pushing their limits, and when that happens, we see a
tremendous boost in their self-confidence," he said.
The need for increased fitness across the country is striking.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
17.6 percent of North American teenagers were obese in 2006
-- more than triple the rate in 1980. Obesity puts the teens
at increased risk for heart disease, bone and joint problems,
sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems, the CDC
"Success for us is when a kid is thinking about fitness
outside of the program, because they enjoy how they feel when
they're in better shape," Fine said. "We are hoping
the parents will continue to enroll the teens in the program
and that the kids will continue to come because they just
feel better. Most teens will not be able to perform even one
sit-up at the start of the program and they will be able to
do 21 in our final assessments".
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