A new Health and Wellness Committee at Kensington Intermediate Senior High school (KISH) is asking the Town of Kensington for free access to the municipally owned gym.
The committee is trying to encourage students to pursue healthier choices by providing helpful nutritional information and exposing them to new activities like yoga and Zumba.
The committee has asked the town for access to the Fitplex, which is in Community Gardens Complex, between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
The idea is to use the gym to introduce students to exercise equipment while using some of the space to host their fitness activity classes.
The request was discussed at the town’s Monday committee of council meeting.
While councillors were generally supportive of the health and wellness committee’s goals – there were some concerns raised.
Councillor Mack MacLean brought up the issue of supervision for the teens and whether there will be a teacher adviser or town staff person on hand, or able to periodically check in on the group, while they’re using the facility.
Council has asked staff to look into the matter further and the request will be brought back a later council meeting.