Getting Kids Fit

Getting Kids Fit

Wayne Cochrane, president and CEO of Willowbrae Academy, wants to make sure the children enrolled at his centres are growing up healthy and fit. To help him do that, he recently signed a deal with Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod, Canadian fitness icons and founders of BodyBreak.

“Partnering with BodyBreak was a natural fit,” Cochrane says. “Creating active living habits for children has a proven positive impact on their long-term health. With Hal and Joanne’s help we developed KID FIT to provide children and parents with a variety of resources to help promote healthy habits for life.”

Willowbrae_KidFit logoKID FIT will be available in Willowbrae’s daytime and afterschool programs. Through KID FIT, every morning and afternoon, preschool children will have a scheduled “BodyBreak” with activities to help form the habit of daily exercise. Johnson and McLeod will also provide weekly exercise and healthy living tips to parents using Willowbrae’s online communications and reporting system.

For school-age children, KID FIT will include a 45-minute “BodyBreak” as part of their afterschool program.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Willowbrae Academy,” Johnson and McLeod say. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to inspire children to make healthy active living part of their day and in turn they will reap the benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Also being able to provide information to parents to help continue the message at home will help create a healthier, more active family.”

For more than 25 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Johnson and McLeod have communicated to Canadians the important message that making small lifestyle changes can benefit an individual and their families for a lifetime. In their TV programs, presentations, blogs and media interviews, they heighten the awareness of the benefits of a healthier, active lifestyle and show Canadians how practical and easy it is to do.

Interested parents or can learn more about KID FIT by visiting

The Burnside NewsStaff ~ The Burnside News Published on May 10, 2014