Fit Families & Friends
With the support of a Special Olympics Healthy Communities grant, the Golisano Foundation, and our ongoing Provincial Partners, Special Olympics BC is continuing to expand our health programming. One component of this is launching Fit Families & Friends programming with the help of the Golisano Foundation Healthy Communities grant! The inaugural participants in Prince George, Kelowna, and the Sunshine Coast showed wonderful dedication to being active and healthy together, and they had a blast! Together they walked, ran, and hiked more than 2,100 kilometres this summer (read more below and in this summer recap story).
This is a great opportunity for SOBC athletes to get out with their families, friends, and social supports to meet as a group and get exercise and nutrition tips, creating a fun environment to encourage each other and meet health goals together.
Groups meet for weekly walks and encouraging each other to hit their health and fitness targets.
Follow their progress below!
SOBC – Prince George piloted the Fit Families & Friends program this summer. They walked together throughout the summer and plan to continue into the fall. Each week they walk University Hill, which is three kilometres up and three back down. As of September 7, the Prince George group had 52 participants in total, including 14 athletes and 38 supporters, and had walked a total of 1,417 kilometres.
SOBC – Sunshine Coastran the Fit Families & Friends program for eight weeks throughout the summer. They had 22 participants in total, including 10 athletes and 12 were supporters. Each Thursday the group walked and ran their local track. The athletes were encouraged to add to their total kilometres so several also participated in local runs. The group ran/walked a total of 226 kilometres. Here's how they did in relation to the distance between them and the Prince George Fit Families & Friends group:
SOBC – Kelowna’s Fit Families & Friends group ran for a total of six weeks, and they are talking about restarting the program in summer 2017. Kelowna had a total of 39 participants, including 15 supporters and 24 athletes. In total the group walked/ran/hiked 599.5 kilometres on the Mission Creek Greenway Trails. Four of the participants made the 50-minute drive in from Vernon every week to participate in Fit Families & Friends! The group also welcomed one person who is now interested in joining SOBC – Kelowna this fall, and one past athlete who has now reconnected with the Local, which is terrific.
Together their goal is to walk the distance from B.C. to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, host of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games!