You Be You Wellness (UBU) offers four streams of programming:
Each program offers participants space to practice overall well-being as they create connections/community through physical activity and conversations relevant to them. In small-to-medium-sized group settings, participants engage in fitness-related activities combined with mindful exercises like journaling that help them be more in the present moment.
UBU: Girls launched a 10-week, weekly program for Gr. 6-8 girls in April 2018, with a focus of empowerment, active wellness, and a mindful life. It was followed up in October by an 8-week program, with the same intent & will continue every spring and fall in Sherwood Park (open to expanding into other cities-please send ideas and requests).
UBU: Schools worked with St. Theresa Catholic School, Hillcrest Junior High & Vimy Ridge Academy in January-May 2019.
Sessions were held with Grade 5, 7 & 8 students in St. Theresa's Catholic School's Sport For Life program, which is based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) model that exposes students to a variety of sport and recreation activities to build athletic skill and leadership qualities and help create lifelong active and healthy lifestyles.
"From my coordinating position, the reason we had you in to lead some Sport For Life classes was that you provided a unique blend of physical challenges and activities, while also providing students with an opportunity to connect socially/emotionally with each other. You provided an environment and leadership presence that allowed the students to gain physical benefits while growing as individuals, partners, and groups. We will definitely be recommending you to schools in our division." - Kurt Davison, St. Theresa Catholic School, Sport For Life Program Lead
Hillcrest Junior High welcomed UBU: Schools to lead mindfully active sessions with co-ed Gr. 8 & 9 Sports Performance classes.
UBU: Adults started in January 2019 with a 6-week, Women's only program held in the Spark Centre for those just starting back into their fitness journey.
"I really like the fact that Michelle focuses on form over anything else. Getting the foundations right at the beginning is very important. Her approach is also very inclusive; I felt welcome in her classes, and did not have to concern myself with how I look, or what I saw in the mirror – because there were none! Although I am familiar with many of the exercises she taught, it was nice to have my form corrected – a good way to break some old habits." - Anna, participant in Jan/Feb Women's only adult 6-week session.
UBU: Sports worked with a Sherwood Park-based U13 club girls' soccer team for a team-building workshop before the team's provincial playoffs in March 2019.
"Michelle adapted the delivery of the program to suit the type of group she was interacting with. The girls are active, competitive, and full of energy all the time. There was a good mix of activities that allowed the girls to be active and have fun but understand the lessons and tools being given to them." - U13 Girls Sherwood Park Phoenix Soccer Coach, Mike Tennant.
The founder and lead instructor of UBU sessions is Michelle Lindstrom: a mom of two girls (8 and 12), wife, long-distance runner, journalist, editor, and multi-sport enthusiast, including playing junior high and high school volleyball and competitive softball from youth into adulthood.
Michelle has her Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) certifications in group fitness specifically in
Michelle is a trained journalist (SAIT print journalism diploma) with more than a decade's worth of writing about many people and topics including youth and fitness, interviewing local leaders, gathering research, and editing for publications including Avenue magazine (Edmonton), YEGFitness, IMPACT, METRO Edmonton, LEAP, Heroes, Calgary Herald, and more, giving her the practical knowledge of how journaling is a useful tool and taught a Next Step Continuing Education Mindful Journaling Adult course that she applies to youth UBU programs to help them express themselves and be mindful.
Links to some articles by Michelle:
Michelle is also a trained Architectural Technologist (NAIT Architectural Technology diploma) with roughly 13 years experience of manual and computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD) and design for interior, exterior, commercial and residential projects with home builders, furniture dealerships, engineering offices, and an interior design firm.
STRENGTHS GAINED FROM DIVERSE EXPERIENCE:
HANDS-ON COACHING/LEADING GROUPS
"Thanks for organizing and running this program! I think it's really needed in our community!" -Amanda, parent participant in 2018 fall UBU: Girls program.
"For many women and girls, social acceptance enhances group performance (in contrast to men and boys, for whom performance enhances social acceptance)." -Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).