HEALTHY FOR LIFE
from Eyewitness News Online
October 25, 2013
Kids who tried out new equipment at the Phil Cline Family YMCA in Huntington this week were overwhelmed at first, but quickly warmed up to the idea of the arcade-style machines!
Ryan Woodward tried out just about every machine in the room.
"I thought it was going to be hard. I wouldn't really make it, but then I was like wow this is so awesome!" he said.
Bridget Sheils watched her 10-year-old son Henry test out iDance, a basketball-type game, and more.
"It pulls in the other things that they enjoy doing, the video games, the little flashing lights, the little goals that are set up within each piece of equipment, and they're loving it!" she said.
The new program is called "Kids in Motion" and it brings together area hospitals, Cabell County Schools, and even some local businesses for a comprehensive program aimed to fight childhood obesity.
"We are targeting the overweight and the childhood obesity so we can kind of get kids moving, and get their weight down, but any kid can come in and kid can come in here and benefit from the program just in energy release, in helping with the physical output, the athlete," Jamie Berry, health and wellness director for the YMCA, said.
Kids and their families will also get lessons in nutrition through grocery store tours and cooking classes.
"I love that they're tying in to Huntington's Kitchen, and teaching people about nutrition and how to cool and shop healthfully. That's all coming to Huntington and it's exciting," Sheils said.
The kids are also buying in to the new concept. Caroline Woodward, 6, said, Its "really fun" She said it's a little hard, but she thinks it's worth it.
The Kids In Motion program is for kids ages 5-14.
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