Created By: James Hutchinson, Khalad Maliyar
Recent studies have shown that nearly 1 in 3 children in Canada are overweight or obese.
In order to get kids healthy and active, the Youth Exercise Project (YEP) was created by two York University Students. YEP has been visiting elementary schools in order to teach students about the benefits of exercise.
The goal of the Youth Exercise Project is to teach young adults about the value of exercise by bringing exciting equipment and interactive lessons to Physical Education classes. The program was met with praise and appreciation from educators in several schools. Almost 1000 students ranging from grades 4-8 have participated in the program, which works individually with classes in the school gymnasium throughout the school day.
Principles at all five schools were amazed with the success of the initiative, indicated by their requests to have the project return in the coming school year. The program has grown from a single school to interest from a variety of elementary schools in the GTA.
The organization sees its real success in its ability to place a focus on the importance of physical education for the institutions it has visited. Based in Barrie and Markham the YEP has created an important impact on the youth of these cities. Additionally, the Youth Exercise Project will be working with Scouts Canada groups in the coming months.
For more information, please contact: James Hutchinson or Khalad Maliyar