Photo courtesy: Unleash Your Potential Facebook
KAWARTHA LAKES-A local cyclist is part of a team that’s cycling across Canada to help other’s unleash their potential.
25 year old Jared Barrieau is from Bobcaygeon and he and three others are spending the summer riding across the country to inspire healthy living lifestyles.
Jared, Jordan Morin-McCool from Manitoba, Jourdyne Mason from British Columbia, Newfoundlands Kalynn Crane pedalled into Lindsay recently to make a presentation for the City of Kawartha Lakes Summer Camps.
They say they provide interactive presentations and media broadcasts aimed towards children and their communities. The goal is to empower youth to take control of their wellness by making healthy choices in every day life. “We believe that by educating youth on how to swap daily habits with healthy alternatives, this will create long-term lifestyle changes that will gear Canada’s youth towards a healthier future.” they say on their Facebook page.
Nearly one-third of all 5-17 year olds in Canada are identified as being overweight or obese according to the World Health Organization. In 2011 Stats Canada identified obesity as the number one risk factor for developing Type II Diabetes in youth.
The “Unleash Your Potential” groups hopes by empowering youth to make healthier decisions they can achieve their goal of increasing physical activity levels, making healthier nutrition choices, and decreasing screen time in Canada’s youth.
They expect to complete the ride in August.