Teens getting fit for life

Dozens kickstart day with PCYC exercise program

TEENAGERS might not be universally known for liking early mornings but one group has been kickstarting their day once a week with the PCYC Auburn’s Fit For Life program.
Youth case manager, Senior Constable Gabriella Di Marino, says the program got off to a good start in the fourth school term of 2018 with 39 students arriving for the first session.
She said since then, they’ve had more than 100 young people participate in a range of activities including futsal, boxercise, yoga and aquarobics, with on average about 15 to 20 attending each week’s sessions “rain, hail or shine”.
“The only time the students fail to attend or miss out is when exams or pressing school activities are being conducted on the same day,” Snr Const Di Marino said.
“This shows a positive commitment from the students and self discipline. This program encourages young people to put down their devices and socialise in a more positive manner.”
She says part of the program also includes providing a healthy breakfast, with opportunities to talk about nutrition and its links with fitness, health and wellbeing, and she thanked Costco Lidcombe and Dooley’s Community bus hire for their sponsorship.
“Without their support, this program would not be so successful,” she said.
The free 2020 Fit For Life program starts on Wednesday, February 12, at 6.45am. Register: PCYC Auburn, 9475 3100.