LIFESTYLES - FIT
Lifestyles FIT Program Goal: Encourage healthy living through exercise, nutrition, positive sleeping habits, and a safe alcohol, drug and tobacco‐free lifestyle, which students, their families and communities need to reach their full potential.
Lifestyles FIT is currently comprised of three core programming components:
- Amateur Boxing
- Martial Arts
- Physical Fitness Activities
Amateur Boxing – is a program that provides ten attributes for youth participants that help with their development from youth into adulthood; 1) Provides Group Members with a New Identity, 2) Promotes and Offers Safety, 3) Provides Discipline, 4) Uses Defense as a Metaphor, 5) Improves Impulse Control and Patience, 6) Develops Ability to Focus, 7) Teaches Commitment and Offers Meaning, 8) Teaches and Provides Respect, 9) Relieves Stress and 10) Fosters Mutual Aid*. These attributes help to build youth into leaders and provide the guidance and support they need to succeed in a community and/or family lifestyle that have numerous obstacles to overcome such as family violence, crime, drugs, community violence, unemployment, prostitution and so on. Not only do these attributes exist within the Amateur Boxing program but there is also the physical fitness component that goes along with it. Amateur Boxing teaches youth the importance of physical fitness and positive eating habits, which in the long-term prevents many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and cancer just to name a few. The Circle has partnered with the Minneapolis Police Athletic League program to help build positive relationships between the police and the community and also has a program "Punches with a Purpose" with the Brooklyn Park Police and Brooklyn Junior High School.
* Wright, Whitney (2006) "Keep It in the Ring: Using Boxing in Social Group Work with High-Risk and Offender Youth to Reduce Violence," Social Work With Groups, 29:2, 149-174
Martial Arts – is a vital program offered at the Circle of Discipline for multiple reasons. It gives the youth another alternative to participate in a program other than boxing that provides the same guidance and support to youth. Martial Arts has many health benefits ranging from muscle strengthening to being a stress release. It enhances your aerobic and cardiovascular conditioning, balance, flexibility, coordination and also provides self-defense techniques. It has positive effects on the mind as the training involves great concentration and self control.
Physical Fitness Activities – supports youth in other programs such as cycling, jogging, group workouts and personalized training to help them engage in and create goals for personal wellness. The same attributes are included in this program that are in the Amateur Boxing and Martial Arts programs. This program allows the Circle of Discipline to include more youth that may not be served in the Amateur Boxing and Martial Arts programs. The coaches, trainers, mentors and volunteers for all three programs have certifications through the United States Olympic Committee and USA Boxing and/or by a Martial Arts Grand Master. They also have CPR/First Aid certifications.