Women and girls on the move

GFREC received a new grant providing opportunities for inactive females to join physical activities

Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC), the Province of British Columbia, the federal government, BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), 2010 Legacy Now and Promotion Plus have partnered together to offer inactive girls and women an opportunity to experience a variety of winter activities and sports.

We are providing an opportunity and the resources to help make a positive change in a female’s life.

The first session will take place up at Phoenix Ski Hill. Diane Lapalme will instruct a one-hour winter emergency first aid awareness workshop.

The group will get fitted for skis and then hit the hill for ski lessons. The equipment rentals, lift tickets and transportation will be provided.

The next session will be snowshoeing and cross country skiing on Friday, Feb. 10. The group will learn basic techniques for the two sports and just have fun in the snow. The final two sports will be held at the curling and skating rink.

Friday, Feb. 24, we will meet at the curling rink, learn a bit about curling and have opportunity to throw a few rocks. We will then move to the skating rink and participate in a skate session.

There is no fee for this program but pre-registration is required by Jan. 13.

GFREC, the Province of British Columbia, the federal government, BCRPA, 2010 Legacy Now and Promotion Plus will also be providing an opportunity for inactive females to make a positive change in their lives to include exercise and healthier eating habits.

Fit for Health 2012 is a program that is designed to help inactive females to become more active and improve their lives in a more positive and healthier way. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for six weeks.

The group will start at the aquatic facility with an orientation to the fitness room. The instructor will facilitate a circuit class designed for first-time users.

Each person will get a personal training program so that they will have the tools to continue on their own.

The following sessions will include an orientation to the pool and specially-designed Aquafit classes will be provided.

Sessions will be held during closed pool time, providing added comfort to the participants.

Classes will include yoga, therapy ball, along with gentle stretching to get the group familiar with benefits to fitness.

There will be a workshop on the benefits of eating healthier and choosing the right foods, learning to shop healthier and reading food labels.

There is no fee for this program but pre-registration is required by Jan. 17.

GFREC will wrap the winter program with a Ladies’ Only Night at the pool.

Local businesses will display healthy active programs and activities that are provided in our community for women of all ages.

Pick up a January flyer or check out the brochure at www.rdkb.com.

You can also call 250-442-2202 or the aquatic centre at 250-442-3488.

submitted by Lilly Bryant, Grand Forks Recreation