You Only Live Once Program for Youths

| February 15, 2017

YOLO (You only live once) Program in Fox Creek, photos submitted by Kerrianne Pasula

A new program in Fox Creek is helping youth live healthier lives by providing health education and exercise to students aged 11-17, with, or at risk of developing chronic disease.

The first session of the YOLO program is currently underway, with 10 participants learning about such topics as portion sizes and label reading and engaging in activities like Yoga and Dodgeball. Students are referred to the program by teachers or medical professionals.

This session, which runs from January 24 to March 10, is being facilitated by Early Intervention Coordinator Kerrianne Pasula. Pre and post physical therapy assessments are being provided at no cost by Whitecourt Physio and McLeod River Primary Care Network is the sponsor.

YOLO provides many benefits to its participants including:

  • – Improved self-esteem, self-confidence and/or body image
  • – Improved medical outcomes such as reduced BMI over time, reduced blood pressure, improved exercise capability and endurance, reduced risk of overweight/obesity complications and certain types of cancer
  • – Increased probability to continue regular physical activity
  • – Awareness of healthful food choices and improved oral intake
  • – Improved quality of life

The YOLO program is expected to run throughout the school year.

For more information on YOLO in Fox Creek please contact:

Kerrianne Pasula

Early Intervention Coordinator

Home Visitation and In-Home Support

Fox Creek Community Resource Centre

(780) 622-3758

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