Team Unbreakable in our schools is our flagship program. It reaches thousands of students each semester in a safe and supportive environment. The sessions are aimed at teaching students the importance of physical activity on mental health and well-being. The coaches are teachers from each school, and may be social workers, guidance counsellors, gym teachers, or an interested faculty member.
The program involves a twice-weekly hands-on running session with students that lasts 10-12 weeks. Before their non-competitive training runs begin, participants are taught about wellness issues such as the importance of nutrition, setting smart goals, stress reduction, motivation, improving focus, mindfulness, mental wellness, creating a balanced life, injury prevention, proper equipment to use and stretching exercises. Often guest speakers are invited to talk about their experiences and to add “real-life” meaning to subject material. Each of the students are given a running log, to make note of their mood changes, based on their efforts.
The session ends with a “goal” event (such as the “Bold and Cold” in the late Fall and the Father’s Day Run), in which Team Unbreakable schools come together with the community to run a 5k route where there are medals, food and cheering crowds.