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May 22, 2012 > Healthy Kids Day generates powering energy

Healthy Kids Day generates powering energy

Submitted By Gallen.Neilly & Associates

How many East Bay Y members does it take to put in a light bulb? We're not sure, but on Healthy Kids Day members of the Y of the East Bay participated in a day-long 'Move-A-Thon' and collectively generated enough energy to power the average East Bay home for two and a half days.

More than 500 Y members celebrated Healthy Kids Day(r) on April 28 by participating in the program, which encourages children and families to participate in circuit exercise stations and record the number of repetitions of the exercises they complete within one minute.

According to Robert Wilkins, President and CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay, the idea behind the Move-A-Thon is to teach kids basic exercises, the kind they can perform at home without the need for expensive electronic equipment. "We want to kick start healthy life habits for kids that they can use now and on into their adult lives. By participating with their families and learning that instead of using energy they can create it just by doing a few sit-ups or jumping jacks, we hope kids will improve their own health and be more conscious of the environment around them," Wilkins said.

At the end of the summer, the Y plans to look at the progress of participants to track improvement, as well as total energy expended in the program. The Y is also providing a 'Keep It Movin' website, from which participants can access encouraging messages from the Healthy Home Guidebook; links to other recommended sites, a chalkboard/blogspot for participants to announce progress and achievements, and much more.

East Bay YMCA operates branches in downtown Oakland, Fremont, Newark, Hayward, Castro Valley, Richmond, and Dublin, as well as camps in Livermore, Pescadero (San Mateo County) and Redway (Humboldt County).

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