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March 17, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – A new program run by Laurier’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education is looking to get kids and teens “movin’ and groovin’.”

The program, aptly named Movin’ and Groovin’, is open to adolescents, aged 10 to 18, of all abilities and is aimed at helping young people lead active lifestyles through fun activities. The classes are free and will run for 10 weeks, starting April 8, at the KidsAbility gym, 500 Hallmark Drive in Waterloo.

“Physical activity is the key to a healthy and productive life for all individuals,” said Laurier Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education Pamela Bryden, who helped set up the program. “The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education is committed to providing such programming for the Waterloo community. This is just the first step, but we are working on providing more opportunities in the near future.”

Movin’ and Groovin’ will incorporate many different types of movements, from dance and yoga to cooperative games and fitness exercises. The idea is to encourage active, healthy lifestyles and develop fitness knowledge among youth by getting them involved in a fun, engaging way.

“Our program is all about inclusivity for adolescents regardless of level of ability,” said Laurier Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education Paula Fletcher, another of the program’s organizers. “We believe it is important for our students to give back to the community, a community that has contributed to their university experience.”

Brianne Redquest, Nicole Reinders and Brieanna Donelson, Laurier graduate students in Kinesiology who each have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with disabilities, will lead the classes, while other graduate and undergraduate students will work with participants on a one-on-one basis if necessary.

The program’s organizers are still looking for volunteers to assist with the program. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Bryden at pbryden@wlu.ca or Fletcher at pfletcher@wlu.ca. The organizers are also interested in running the program out of different community locations in the future.

The program is free of charge. To register, contact Brianne Redquest at redq9570@mylaurier.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Pamela Bryden, Professor
Kinesiology and Physical Education

T: 519.884.0710 x4213

E: pbryden@wlu.ca 

Paula Fletcher, Professor
Kinesiology and Physical Education

T: 519.884.0710 x4159

E: pfletcher@wlu.ca 

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