CREATIO has initiated a program that links physical fitness programs with environmental stewardship activities. CREATIO member Tom Collingwood recently trained Christ in the City volunteers (a missionary outreach program) and physical education staff of Annunciation Catholic School in Denver, CO to implement a faith based youth fitness program with the theme of stewardship. The program that will be delivered to junior high school youth will focus on overcoming what we call “exercise deficit disorder” to be a steward of one’s own body. Follow up activities will be provided with the aim to overcome “nature deficit disorder” thorough familiarization and awareness environmental education activities.
The CREATIO model highlights that to be nature stewards requires energy and we get that energy by being physically active. Teaching physical fitness and exercise can serve as a basis for teaching nature stewardship and provides a needed continuity for the development of a faith based stewardship ethic.