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- New ‘Learning to Run’ Group for Teen Girls Helps Point the Way to Better Health -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – A new physical activity group for teen girls in the City of Kawartha Lakes is helping to instill a bit of ‘heart and sole’ into participants.

Sole Trainers is the name of a new ‘learning to run’ group for teen girls between the ages of 13 to 19 years. The free group is organized and supervised by staff with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. The Sole Trainers group meets at Central Senior Public School (242 Kent Street West) in Lindsay every Tuesday (3:30-4:30 pm) and Thursday (3:30-4 pm).

In addition to learning how to run, participants in the Sole Trainers will also be trying out zumba, yoga, playground play and cross fit. There is also an opportunity for participants to try their hand at making healthy food items.

“Sole Trainers is much more than just a running group. It’s meant to be a fun place where girls in the City of Kawartha Lakes can meet new friends and learn how to make healthier choices by being active and eating well,” says Fyffe Murdock, the group’s co-facilitator and a Public Health Worker with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that youth aged 12-17 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. According to Murdock, there are many benefits to young people being active on a regular basis, including better concentration, improved self-esteem, stronger bones and muscles, improved mental health, better posture and balance, improved fitness and reduced stress.

The Sole Trainers group runs until the end of November, so there is still time to join. To find out more information, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2228. Sole Trainers is being offered by the Health Unit in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes. The program is being funded through a grant from ParticipACTION.


For media inquiries, contact:

Fyffe Murdock, Public Health Worker, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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