"Buddy Building" funded by Participaction Teen Challenge

Espanola, Ontario

November 12, 2014

Espanola Leisure Services was successful in procuring funds from Participaction Teen Challenge to offer a free one month program this January.  “Buddy Building”  puts a supportive twist on strength training and exercise programs to attract and support young women between the ages of 16 to 19 years.

“Buddy Building” is designed to create a comfortable and non-intimidating climate for young women to exercise in. The Program will be led by a personal trainer who will provide guidance, motivation and support and reinforce healthy and realistic body image.  Young women are encouraged to sign up for the free program with a buddy to increase participant success. 

The class is limited to 8 participants, and each participant will be rewarded with a free month gym membership if they successfully commit to the program so they can practice what they’ve learned on their own. 

“We recognize that young women face escalating and unrealistic social pressures to have a certain look and be a certain size,” says Dianne Polden, Manager of Espanola Leisure Services.  “These pressures can weigh heavily on self esteem and negatively impact body image. 

Studies have proven that people who exercise together  have a better chance at sticking to the program by holding each other accountable and offering each other support,” says Polden.

For program details visit espanola.ca or call 705-869-1961