Physical Activity Mentorship Program

What is the Physical Activity Mentorship Program?

If you are interested in improving your mental and physical health or would like to move more and learn how to stay active, this 8-week interactive program is for you. This program includes a variety of educational topics and private group physical activity sessions to experience a variety of Recreation programs and facilities. A physical activity mentor will lead group sessions and will individually check in with each participant weekly to guide them through their physical activity journey. Physical activity mentors are 4th year Human Kinetics practicum students who have been trained in anatomy, physiology and behavior change. A referral into this program is required (more information below).

Important Details

Program Structure:

One group education or physical activity session each week. Independent physical activity outside of the group sessions is required.

Dates:

Program begins July 15/16 and finishes August 19/20

Registration Deadline:

July 9th, 2021

Location:

Virtual or In Person options available

Who can participate?

This program is designed for those who would like to improve their physical and mental health by increasing their adherence to physical activity or those who are new to physical activity.

Cost:

FREE

Referral Options:

Book an appointment with one of the following to be referred into the program: Health and Wellness, Disability Resource Centre or through Recreation’s Physical Activity Coaching.

 

What to expect:

Educational Sessions

Throughout the 6-week program, mentors will host 3 different educational sessions that may cover the following topics:

  • Goal setting
  • Overcoming physical activity barriers
  • Physical, mental, and emotional benefits from physical activity
  • Physical activity maintenance

Physical Activity sessions:

Private group activity sessions will vary depending on the individual preferences of group members. Session types may include:

  • Group fitness classes (Yoga, HIIT, Spin, Pilates, etc)
  • Hangar fitness centre sessions
  • UBCycles bike rentals
  • Walking on campus trails

Participant Feedback

“We were able to talk about barriers of exercise and the mentor raised good discussions to et everyone thinking about how we can be more motivated to exercise in the future when the program ends.”

“Having a mentor was like a friend supporting me and encouraging me to go and be active.”

“I learned a lot about campus and ways to exercise around Kelowna.”

“It pushed me to go to the gym and do more work during the activity session since a mentor was holding me accountable.”