To provide a place for teens to be active all summer long, PF will open its doors for 14-19 year olds to work out for free from May 16 through August 31, as part of our High School Summer Pass initiative (previously known as Teen Summer Challenge in 2019). By opening our doors to teens across the state, PF hopes to help teens get moving and focus on their physical and mental well-being.
We know that many teens have difficulty finding a safe and convenient place where they can exercise and be active over summer break, so hope you agree that this is a great solution for teens to keep moving.
In fact, here are some insights into the challenges teens are facing nationwide:
- Less than 15% of teens met the daily physical activity recommendation during the pandemic
- Teen screen time doubled from pre-pandemic estimates of 3.8 hours per day to 7.7 hours per day (does not include virtual learning)
- 81% of teens say mental health is a significant issue among youth in the U.S. and 64% of teens believe that the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation’s mental health
- Nearly 1 in 3 parents say their children’s mental health is worse now than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic
More specifically concerning those in Washington, 26.4 % of teens do not meet the recommended activity guidelines and 12.2 % of teens are obese/overweight, which is another reason this initiative is so vital to their wellbeing.
To help motivate teens to be active, Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state and province, and one grand prize $5,000 scholarship at the end of the summer. These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs. Beginning May 16, teens ages 14 – 19 can visit PlanetFitness.com/summerpass or visit their local club to sign up in-person. Teens under 18 must sign up with a parent/guardian online or in-club.