Yakima School District offers new fitness program

Yakima School District offers new fitness program

YAKIMA Wash. -- Kids are ready for the summer and that means too many kids will be staying at home playing video games. Now the Yakima School District is offering a new program for kids to train in fitness, agility and nutrition.

Strong Kids Yakima or SKY is a summer training camp for middle school kids to attain healthy lifestyles with the help of a Certified Personal Trainer.

This program will train kids to better their health, fitness and athletic ability.

“We're just trying to instill some of those positive habits as far as exercise, proper diet, nutrition... trying to get those in kids heads now so that it will carry on to them as adults," said Program Coordinator Tim Lee.

Lee says although this program does not guarantee weight loss it is intended to teach kids ways they can keep themselves healthy.

A recent study by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows the U.S obesity rates have gone up since 2008 and Yakima is among the top 10 most obese communities in America.

Fitness Training Director Paige Hardy at Yac Fitness says teaching kids about healthy ways to live their lives will not only increase their heart rate and strength but it will also increase their confidence.

“They’re going to be happier, they’re going to be healthier, live a longer life and really build that confidence.”

Lee says SKY is a 4-week program that will last from June 27th to July 21st.

He says the kids will train four days a week and they will have the chance to practice aerobic exercises, do weight lifting and get training on what foods they should be eating.

“I’m looking forward to like the weight training a lot," said a student.

“It’s going to help me with football and a lot of other sports that I’m going to be doing," said a student.

“It keeps myself busy during the summer because I usually don’t have much to do because school is out," said a student.

Lee says only 60 spots are available and they think the spots will fill up quick.

Any middle school kid from the Yakima School District is welcome to register with the cost of $15 dollars but if anyone is not able to afford the $15 bucks they are also offering scholarships so that no kid is left out.

Registration is taking place today from 6 o clock to 7 o clock at the Eisenhower High School Commons.

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