By SAMARA RUFENER
Oregon State University Extension
On June 12, Teen Staff members were trained to lead Oregon State University Extension’s summer youth triathlon training series, i Tri. Twelve teens attended the training, which was led by Samara Rufener, OSU Extension’s 4-H program assistant, and FoodCorps service member Brooke Kelleher.
The training kicked off with a healthy dinner of Subway sandwiches, fruit, veggies, and sparkling water. The meal was a perfect example of how the teens are expected to model healthy behavior to the youths they will be working with throughout the summer.
Teens will be responsible for facilitating “squad time” during the opening and closing of each i Tri session. During squad time, teens will facilitate yard games, lead a group warm-up and cool-down, celebrate those youths who met their activity goals for the week, and continue to model healthy, active behavior. At the conclusion of each session, teens will remind youth participants of the goals they set during the first session and provide tips on how to complete their goals during the series.
Two guest speakers assisted in training the teens. Melanie Loski, a physical therapist with Lake District Hospital, taught the group how to lead a warm-up and cool-down for youth participants of all ages. Chris Finetti, Lakeview High School track and field coach, facilitated a conversation about mindset, healthy behaviors, and how to keep youth participants moving forward with their goals in mind.
Teens had the opportunity to facilitate fun team-building activities and ice breakers so they will feel comfortable jumping into the first session of i Tri June 26. A few other topics covered during the training were emergency preparedness and youth mental health first aid.
The teens are excited and ready to encourage youth participants to try new things and learn new skills, such as swimming, biking, running, disc golf, hiking, and much more!
i Tri is open to youths 7 to 12 years old, and registration is still open. Registration forms can be found on the OSU Extension Service website or at the OSU Extension Office, 103 South E St., Lakeview. Forms also will be available at the Daly Days Health Fair June 23 at Lake District Hospital, 700 South J St., Lakeview.
i Tri is made possible thanks to community partnerships and grant funding from Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization.