Health & Recreation
A Positive outlook on Physical, Mental and spiritual health
Prior to coming to Teen Challenge, many of our clients have neglected their health and as a result, the 12-month program gives them the opportunity to restore their physical bodies as well as their mind, soul and spirit.
Sports and recreation programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
At the Alberta Men's Centre, clients are encouraged to take every opportunity to be active and fit. Many of the clients work out 2-3 times a week in a small gym on site. Often clients gain weight as their bodies are cleansed from the effects of drugs or alcohol and as they begin to eat well-balanced meals served at regular meal times.
Some in the program enjoy playing floor hockey twice a month in the winter at the local YMCA in Calgary with a group of men from New Hope Community Church.
Other sports/activities include ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and basketball on site. Clients sometimes play hockey a couple of times a month at the outdoor public rink in Priddis. And several times a year clients enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
Also a weeklong camping trip in the spectacular Kootenay Mountains in BC is arranged for the clients annually. This provides an opportunity for the men to see nature in a completely different way. They enjoy cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and soaking in the natural hot springs. Taking part in these sports and outdoor activities is key to the transformation that accompanies the renewal of mind, body and spirit.