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Benefit from creative programs that incorporate physical activity into the classroom and community.

Located on the Red Deer College campus, central Alberta’s Be Fit For Life Centre provides fitness services, programs, activities and information designed to encourage and support healthy lifestyles.

The Be Fit For Life Network is a provincial initiative comprised of nine regional centres, working in coordination to support a more physically active Alberta. The Network is supported by operational funding from the Recreation and Physical Activity Division of Alberta Culture and Tourism and by additional project grant funding from Alberta Sport Connection. Each Centre is located within and works in partnership with a College or University across the province.

Be Fit For Life Network’s vision is to ensure Albertans are knowledgeable, confident, motivated and have the skills they need to engage in physical activity for life. Their mission to work collectively to inspire, educate and support Albertans to lead healthy, physically active lifestyles.

The dedicated staff at the Red Deer College Be Fit For Life Centre will work with you to find a program that fits your needs and resources, whether at your school, place of business or right here on-campus. We offer a variety of continually evolving programs, services, hosted events and presentations throughout the year to promote physical literacy and healthy living.

RDC provides personal individual and group training sessions in the Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone located in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on the main campus.

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Be Fit For Life Programs

Fitness Leadership Training

The Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing, promoting and implementing national standards for the training and certification of group exercise leaders in Alberta. The AFLCA offers certification in the areas of group exercise leadership, including resistance training and group exercise leadership. The AFLCA qualifies you to deliver exercise leadership province-wide and is recognized across all of Canada.

Register for an upcoming AFLCA course

  • Dates TBD

This program qualifies for government funding. Enroll one or more employees in training and pay only one-third of the cost with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. Apply at least 30 days in advance.

PARE Testing

Red Deer College hosts the Physical Ability Readiness Evaluation (PARE) testing throughout the year. This test is for individuals who are applying to the RCMP or other police forces, or who are already members. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are available for each date on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the PARE and preparing for the PARE contact RDC’s Fitness & Wellness Manager or Strength and Conditioning Coach at 403.356.5100.

Register for an upcoming PARE Test

  • December 16, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • January 6, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • January 20, 12:00pm to 4:00pm 
  • February 3, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • February 17, 12:00pm to 4:00pm   

Doctors do not provide medical clearance forms. These are always supplied by the employer and PARE is no exception. You can also obtain your PARE Medical Clearance Form from the RCMP website.

The PARE medical form MUST be signed because it describes the test and informs the doctor of the kind of physical activity you will be subjected to. Medical forms must be dated, signed by the physician and have the clinic stamp (as they are only valid for six months).

School & Community Programs

RDC’s Be Fit For Life Centre offers creative programs that incorporate physical activity into the classroom and community. We specialize in Physical Literacy programs for all ages and abilities, which allows us to provide a unique and exciting experience for schools and community programs. Students will have the opportunity to get active through movement and skill-related cooperative games and fun fitness sessions using a variety of equipment.

The goal of the Physical Literacy programs is to develop and enhance the fundamental movement skills for children (hopping, jumping leaping, galloping, running, throwing, kicking, striking, stability/balance, etc.), while inspiring teamwork, fair play and self-confidence. This experience will motivate and empower children to remain active for life!

Move & Play Through Physical Literacy (Ages 3 – 12)

The Be Fit For Life Network has created Move & Play Through Physical Literacy cards to assist activity leaders in integrating physical literacy into a variety of programs, activities and environments. These cards are designed to be used in a variety of applications including the home, school or community settings. Over 75 cards are included in this set, focusing on Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.

Options include:

Move & Play Through Traditional Games Workshops

The Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association of Alberta and the Be Fit For Life Network collaborated over the past two years on this exciting project. Offering all the fun of our regular Move & Play program, the Traditional Games workshop focuses on linking traditional culture and values to physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. The Move & Play Through Traditional Games cards communicate the history and culture of traditional games and note how the skills and values are still relevant today.

In a Traditional Games Workshop, participants will:

  • Receive protocol teachings around Traditional Games
  • Receive instruction on how to use the Move and Play Through Traditional Games activity cards
  • Learn to identify the materials and tools needed to make games
  • Learn how to properly make your own games and equipment for proper sizing and safety
  • Receive in-depth teachings and understanding of the games and protocols

Learn more about the International Traditional Games Society.

Yoga Techniques for the Classroom (Grades 1 – 6)

The Yoga Techniques for the Classroom program includes both PowerPoint and yoga cards to help bring energy, balance, calm and relaxation to staff and students. This session includes yoga techniques, games, discussion and brainstorming.

Examples of the Yoga Techniques cards:

Custom Wellness Opportunities

RDC’s Be Fit For Life Centre can create a customized program built specifically to fit the needs of your school or community.

Topics include:

  • Health and wellness
  • Motivation
  • Nutrition
  • Active living

Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion is a community-based social program offered by Be Fit For Life, Red Deer that incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs of dementia and their care partners. This program incorporates 45-minutes of fitness and fundamental movements and 1-hour of cognitive work.

Dates TBD

Greet, Meet & Register: Dates TBD

Orange Marks the Spot

Orange Marks the Spot is a fun way to introduce outdoor adventure skills to youth 5-12. These lesson plans are designed for use in a variety of settings including schools, recreation, sport and community programs and parks. Orange marks the spot can be used for all ages and is also great for team building!

Dates TBD

To register visit: www.orienteeringalberta.ca/red-deer

This is a fun orienteering program for all ages. Get ready to learn mapping skills, the fundamentals of directions and enhancing your physical literacy outdoors.

Gift of Play Stencil

This is a Be Fit For Life resource that can be used to supplement activities in the classroom, quality physical education, and in conjunction with games enjoyed during free play. These playground stencils can be replicated with sidewalk chalk or tape.

Check website for current list of days and times. To enhance physical literacy on the sidewalks and in our community, these gift-of-play stencils will be your next step to having fun outside as we add more of these to Red Deer and region.

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