Encouraging to Reach for Fitness
by RayM on May 11, 2015 - 9:01pm
During the past few weeks, I have been reading and summarizing news articles about physical activity and health. In fact, it was proven that obesity was due to the lack of exercise and the lack of a healthy diet. Obesity rates have increased rapidly in a short period of time. To put you in perspective, one in four Canadians are obese (Super-Sized 2). Also, obesity rates have increased from 25 to 35 percent for women and from 20 to 35 percent for men between 1988 and 2010 (You Are What You Eat 2). These are extremely alarming statistics, because with the increase in obesity rates, there comes an increase of people who have higher health risks. The effects of obesity can be heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels (Super-Sized 4). The most important solution to this problem is physical activity and a healthy diet.
Unfortunately, there are some vulnerable groups in society that do not necessarily realize that physical activity and healthy eating is key to living a fit life. All they need is encouragement from people who surround them! In fact, one group of people who need more encouragement than others are children with special needs, which is why the volunteering I decided to do involved spending a few hours encouraging children with special needs to get more active.
The volunteering opportunity that I took part in with other students was an activity coordinated by REACH, a school for children with special needs, and Champlain College Saint-Lambert. At Champlain, there was two groups participating: the F.A.C.T. club and the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie group (GDPL). As I am part of the GDPL group, I personally got involved with this event that took place on April 15th, 2015, because I believe that it is important to encourage others, especially those who need it more than others. There is another student, Mahmoud Sabsabi, that is a member of the F.A.C.T. club who took part in this volunteer opportunity and is writing a post on it on News Activist as well.
On April 15th, the students from REACH visited Champlain College Saint-Lambert for a few hours during the day to play games and activities to promote physical activity and healthy living. The volunteers from F.A.C.T and GDPL welcomed the students with food, and then, they all went to the gymnasium to perform sprints, long jumps and other activities!
To take this event further, Mahmoud Sabsabi and I have taken the initiative to create a Facebook page and a Tumblr blog page dedicated to this collaborative event between REACH and Champlain, which we have named “Reach for Fitness”. With these two websites, we hope that this event continues on at least twice every year; these websites are also databases where pictures of the event can be found and documented for future reference. The administrative roles of the Facebook page will be passed on through Champlain College throughout the years by Student Services to make sure that the event does not get forgotten.
Unfortunately, the Facebook and Tumblr pages are not completely done, because we have encountered a few difficulties. I believe it is important to mention to readers, because if ever someone decides to participate in volunteering opportunities, it would be an interesting tip to know ahead of time! We were planning on taking the pictures from the event to publish them on the two websites, but had forgotten to think about the photo publishing issues that came with it. Therefore, all we are waiting for to complete the Facebook and Tumblr page are the filled out consent forms from the REACH students’ parents. Although the websites are not completely finished, they are created and ready for future use.
With this initiative, I hope that some will be inspired to take on a healthier lifestyle and will encourage others to do so as well!
Link to Reach for Fitness Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/REACH-for-Fitness/478241392323080?fref=ts
Link to Reach for Fitness Tumblr page: http://www.thefittogetherchallenge.tumblr.com/ReachforFitness