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Our History

A 2008 study by the University of Montana showed that physical activity drops between elementary and high school with the largest change during 6th grade. By high school, most youth are not meeting recommendations for physical activity. Lack of physical activity can lead to health complications including obesity and Type II Diabetes.

ACTIVE 6 is designed to help 6th graders learn to live healthily and stay physically active on their journey through life. To learn more, contact Eli Catton, Director of Youth Development, at 721-6261 or ecatton@ymcamissoula.org.

Click here to read our brochure.

What do we do?

2014 Rock WallGetting active and staying active is what we want all 6th graders to be doing. We create a fun environment where you can meet new friends and get to moving and being active. Here are a few things that we do:

Community Building: Active group games and challenges that build life skills and friendships

Snacktivity: Healthy snacks, group activities, reading nutrition labels, learning about food groups and the effect of caffeine and sugar on the body.

Types of Activities:

  • Lifelong fitness skills
  • Team and individual sport and tag-style games
  • Outdoor activities
  • Girl’s only activities

 

2014 FootballWhat do you get?

Active 6 is more than just a way to get you active and living a healthier lifestyle. It’s about helping you make healthy choices for the rest of your life. And we want you to have fun doing it too! Here is what you get when you join Active 6:

  • Free Y Membership!
  • Free Dri-fit Active 6 T Shirt!
  • Free entry to Lady Griz and Griz Basketball home games!
  • Free structured health and wellness programming!
  • Healthy snacks!
  • A great time with your friends, moving and getting active!

Programming

  • Monday  C.S. Porter Middle School – 3:30–5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday  Meadow Hill Middle School – 3:30–5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday  Washington Middle School – 3:30–5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday Missoula Family Y – 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Snacktivity

At every Active 6 event we offer a healthy snack that tastes great and will get you ready for our fun activity of the day. We also make sure to teach you about the food you are eating. Here are some things we will go over:

  • Goal setting, nutrition labels, healthy meal planning
  • Bus riding and trail exploring
  • Importance of sleep and life-long healthy skills
  • Active transportation