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Ages 13–19

Did you know that physical activity can improve mental health? Studies have shown that regular physical activity can be as effective as medication or cognitive therapy for improving mental health and effectively treating depression and anxiety.

The YMCA, in partnership with organizations across BC, has developed Mind Fit: a physical and mental wellness program for teens aged 13–19 experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression and/or anxiety in BC. The program is designed to support teens in learning how to incorporate physical activity into their mental wellness plan.

During this 8-week program, a group of 10–12 teens meet to discuss healthy coping strategies and try new physical activities.

In the first hour, a mental health clinician leads the group in sharing and learning from one another. Together they set achievable exercise goals; examine barriers that might prevent sustained participation in regular physical activity, and discuss tools and strategies to help make getting active easier and more fun. 

The second hour is led by the physical activity specialist from the YMCA and the group tries out new games, sports, and fitness classes each week—both indoors and outdoors. Mind Fit is fun, active and engaging!


  • Opportunity to try a new physical activity every week
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Mind Fit is FREE; YMCA membership is not required
  • Participants receive a complimentary 12-week YMCA gym membership
  • Learn from experienced professionals how to manage mental health in a safe environment


  • Ages 13–19
  • Experiencing depression, low mood, anxiety, worry, stress
  • No formal diagnosis is needed
  • All fitness levels welcome

Register for an information session today!

250-317-7980 | mindfit@ymcaokanagan.ca

Information Session Dates Program Dates Days Time Location
January 9 or 16 January 30–April 2
*no session March 19 & 26
Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m. Kelowna Family YMCA Boardroom
375 Hartman Rd, Kelowna
January 16 or 23 February 6–April 9
*no session March 19 & 26
Thursdays 5:00–7:00 p.m. City of Penticton Community Centre
325 Power St, Penticton
January 8 or 15 January 22–March 11 Wednesdays 3:30–5:30 p.m. Oliver Community Centre
6359 Park Dr, Oliver

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Mind Fit is supported by the BC Physical Activity Strategy

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