Community Development

FitSpirit

FitSpirit Celebrations are exciting, fun-filled days in which thousands of teenage girls are invited to run 5 or 10 kilometres.

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The 2021 Virtual Father-Daughter Ball raised more than $396,000, which will be used to support FitSpirit's continued growth and help inspire an even greater number of young girls to stay active.

An active lifestyle has positive effects not just on physical fitness and mental health but also on perseverance and academic success.

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FitSpirit helps teenage girls discover the advantages and the enjoyment that come from taking part in physical activity in an environment that is positive, rewarding and open to everyone.

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FitSpirit gives teenage girls the possibility of being active with their friends, encouragement, and a positive environment with an emphasis on fun!

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Since 2007, FitSpirit has created awareness among thousands of teenage girls in hundreds of schools in Quebec and Ontario to develop healthy lifestyle habits based on realizing their own potential.

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FitSpirit’s team is made up of dynamic and inspiring young women. These ambassadors demonstrate the organization’s values and feel strongly about the importance of good health for teenagers.

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Encouraging Teenage Girls to be Physically Active

Statistics on inactivity show that one out of two girls give up sports when they hit puberty. Moreover, that trend takes a dramatically downward turn between the ages of 12 and 17, since 9 girls out of 10 do not meet Canadian exercise guidelines by the time they graduate from high school.

Intending to do something about this problem, since its founding in 2007 by Claudine Labelle, FitSpirit has fully devoted itself each year to inspiring and motivating thousands of Québec and Ontario teenage girls to get moving through an enjoyable, non-competitive and empowering program. In partnership with schools and community organizations FitSpirit offers tools and services to get girls moving through activities tailored to their challenges guided by facilitators in the schools and FitSpirit ambassadors, such a athlete speakers, kinesiologists, and mentors.

Every year FitSpirit holds Celebrations that bring together thousands of young Canadian girls who have taken part in the activities supported by the organization. As time has passed, FitSpirit has acquired more partners, such as Power Corporation, allowing girls in the program to be introduced to more activities sure to interest them, another way of encouraging them to stay active throughout the year.

Claudine Labelle is a true social entrepreneur, using her business acumen to create a range of physical fitness activities that will have an enduring effect on teenage girls.
Paul C. Genest
Senior Vice-President
Power Corporation of Canada

BY THE NUMBERS

192

schools were involved in the program during the 2020-2021 school year

300

The number of schools FitSpirit hopes to partner with across Québec by 2023

12–17

The age range of the girls who participate in the programming

Video

See videos from FitSpirit YouTube (in French only)

Website

fitspirit.ca