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Downtown Y, CircusFit encourage healthy living in local children

By Jessica Findley

Staff Writer

The Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA recently hosted CircusFit that is designed to incorporate nutrition, physical activity and healthy living in schools and after-school programs.

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus created CircusFit to aid educators in teaching children about the importance of being healthy and active. The program includes teaching segments that educators, leaders or parents administer to the children. In addition, circus performers conduct shows that are motivating and action-packed, encouraging the children to be active in fun ways.

Along with fitness development, CircusFit integrates character education and vocabulary into their lessons. Each lesson contains a “Word of the Day,” which helps children to remember key components of the program.

In general, Tammy Coffee, Youth and Family Director at the Downtown Y, believes that CircusFit helps kids understand that proper health is vital in all phases of life.

“It lets the children know that in every aspect of anybody’s occupation, there is a health component to it, whether it be nutrition or exercise,” she said. “They see that there is work that is involved.”

The Downtown YMCA was contacted by the circus for their CircusFit program. Their typical audience consists of elementary schools, but in the summer months, organizations such as the Y are leading candidates.

This is the first program of its kind to come across the Downtown Y, which makes it even more exciting. For Coffee, this program is also a great opportunity to reach out to the community.

The children attending last week had a fun-packed afternoon.

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