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2017-09-20 - Charlottetown Launches Youth Wellness Week

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The City of Charlottetown’s Youth Retention Advisory Board, Charlottetown – Youth Matters, is launching a wellness initiative focused on the fundamentals of strategic self care.

Youth Wellness Week, taking place October 2-6, will include yoga and a high intensity interval training (HIIT) in Rochford Square, the benefits of juicing, nutritional guidance, first-time home buying, cyber wellness, and a session on how to start budgeting.

"This initiative is a direct result of the feedback that was received from the young people in our community and the report created by our Youth Retention Advisory Board," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This wellness week was created for youth by youth and the sessions themselves will be lead by young professionals. It’s a fantastic initiative and on behalf of Council, I want to congratulate the Board members and the Chair of the Board, Councillor Kevin Ramsay, for supporting and encouraging youth in the Capital City."

Youth Wellness Week is geared towards those 35 and under and all of the sessions are free. Space in the indoor sessions may be limited on a first-come basis. Participated are asked to confirm attendance through the Facebook event or by e-mailing charlottetownyouthmatters@gmail.com. The week kicks off with "Yoga in the park" in Rochford Square at 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, October 2 (weather permitting). It will wrap up with a session titled, A Fireside Chat with Some of Charlottetown’s Young Entrepreneurs, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bar 1911 Beer + Coffee (113 Longworth Avenue). Over the next week, stay tuned to the group's Facebook page for updates on session times and information, including event pages for each of the sessions.

"All of the people involved in this initiative from the members of our Board to those leading the sessions have volunteered their time and effort to making this event possible," said Councillor Ramsay, who also Chairs the City’s Advanced Planning and Priorities Committee. "A wide variety of activities and topics will be included during this wellness week and I’d like to thank the Board members Laura MacDonald, Zac Murphy, Lydia Peters and Alex Youland for all they’ve done, and continue to do, with the youth retention file."

"As a group, we are all very excited for the week’s events. It was important to us to provide unique sessions that reflect positive general wellness, in an interesting, informative and fun way," said Board member Alex Youland. "We also wanted to be sure to promote young people in our community –  providing the city's youth an opportunity to learn from other young movers and shakers is both empowering and motivating."

For more information or keep up-to-date on the Charlottetown - Youth Matters’ initiatives, join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChtownYouthMatters/ or contact the Board at: charlottetownyouthmatters@gmail.com
To check out the Youth Retention Advisory Report, visit the Quick Links menu at www.charlottetown.ca (Direct URL: www.charlottetown.ca/pdfs2016/Chtown-YouthRetention-Report2016.pdf).

For the complete Charlottetown Youth Wellness Week schedule, visit: www.charlottetown.ca or visit the event pages on Facebook.


Photo cutline:  The members of the City’s of Charlottetown Youth Retention Advisory Committee, Charlottetown – Youth Matters, met recently to finalize plans for a Youth Wellness Week, initiative focused on the fundamentals of strategic self care. From left: Board members Zac Murphy, Lydia Peters, Alex Youland, and Laura MacDonald.

Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
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