In November 2013, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) launched the highly anticipated program FitNation – the newest initiative under the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities banner.
FitNation incorporates a series of dynamic stretching exercises that are fun, adaptable to any fitness level, and presented in an easy-to-use workout format specifically designed to increase physical activity in Aboriginal communities and Friendship Centres across BC.
The program was developed by the Partners Council in affiliation with Nike N7 and Dwayne Roberts, a certified Nike Sparq trainer. The exercises encompassed within the FitNation program can be modified for three basic fitness levels
The FitNation leader training process differs from the other Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities leader training as there is an application and selection process. Selection is based on other training experience, which includes certification in personal training, coaching certification, and/or experience with delivering other types of fitness and physical activity programs.
In December 2013, the Partners Council trained 10 FitNation Leaders across B.C. and equipped them with the necessary resources/supports to run the program within their own communities. Each of the FitNation leaders will deliver 2 to 3 weekly FitNation classes to their community members over an 8-week period. Trained leaders become eligible for a grant of up to $1,000 to support the costs of running their FitNation program.
In December 2015, the Partners Council hosted the third annual FitNation Training Forum, attracting 18 new leaders, and 9 return leaders. To date there are 50 trained leaders across BC, delivering FitNation programs in community, at conferences, and many other special events.
FitNation Leader Training
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
Partners Council Launches Second FitNation Provincial Leader Training Forum
In partnership with the BC Healthy Living Alliance and the BC Ministry of Health, the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) is pleased to announce that it will be delivering a second FitNation Leader Training Forum, which is set to take place in Vancouver, B.C. from April 24-26, 2017.
Thanks to the BC Physical Activity Strategy Action Plan, the Partners Council is able to deliver two training forums for the next two years (fall and spring). A total of 66 leaders have been trained to deliver the FitNation program since its launch in 2014.
FitNation incorporates over 100 dynamic exercises that are presented in a fun, family friendly workout format. Developed in partnership with the Province of BC and Nike N7, FitNation was specifically designed to increase physical activity in Indigenous communities and Friendship Centres throughout BC. The program is for all ages, fitness levels, scalable to any size group, and requires no specialized facilities or equipment.
Participation is available through an application process. Those selected to receive the training are required to deliver an 8-week FitNation program within their community organization, Friendship Centre, or school. Those selected to attend will have all travel costs and expenses for attending are covered by the Partners Council.
April 24-26, 2017
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Application: FitNation 2017 Spring Application Form
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm
If you have experience as a coach, personal/fitness trainer, background in delivering sport, physical activity, or recreation programs in a First Nation, Friendship Centre, Métis Chartered Community, you may be interested in this unique opportunity.
Opportunities associated with becoming a FitNation leader:
- Expert training from Nike Sparq Trainer and master FitNation instructors;
- $500 in grant support to run a FitNation community project;
- Opportunities to lead FitNation sessions at conferences, health fairs and other special events; and
- Continued training and education opportunities (i.e. BCRPA group fitness registration, fitness and health related webinars, mentorship opportunities, FitNation 2.0, and more.