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Cougar Fit Club

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The Cougar Fit Club brings together educators, counselors and fitness experts to mentor students predisposed for developing risky life style behaviors and to nurture their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The over-arching goal of the program is to decrease the potential for risky behaviors (specifically substance use), increase school attendance, encourage the maintenance of passing grades, and reduce drop-out rates. This is accomplished through participation in physical exercise, intentional instruction (teaching of life skills), and selfless service (giving back to our community). Approximately 30 youth who have been identified by school counselors as high risk for risky behaviors participate in a supervised afterschool program. The project is on-going and is so successful a waiting list of student participants is maintained.