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 Indigenous 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.
Since 2013, the interest in FitNation has grown exponentially, attracting new leaders from all corners of the province. FitNation training occurs twice annually in April and December, with leader application intakes in February and October respectively. Each trained leader becomes eligible for a $500 grant to support their FitNation program in community.
To date there are 88 trained leaders across BC, delivering FitNation programs in community, at conferences, and many other special events.