YMCA of the East Bay Healthy Kids Day participants bike their way to fitness on April 27, 2013 in Oakland. Photo by Nana Kofi Nti of 510 Media.
More than 850 members of the YMCA of the East Bay and community participants celebrated Healthy Kids Day on April 27 participating in the ‘Move-A-Thon’ program with 5K runs, family classes and triathlons around the Bay Area.
The program encourages children and families to participate in circuit exercise stations and record the number of repetitions of the exercises they complete within one minute.
This year’s festivities drew 58 percent more participants than last year, collectively generating enough energy through pushups, jumping jacks and other exercises, to power an East Bay home for more than three and a half days. Last year, participants in the day-long program generated enough energy to power the average East Bay home for over two days.
“I’m delighted with the response throughout the East Bay Y facilities to this year’s event,” said Robert Wilkins, President and CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay.
“Thanks to the efforts of all our participants from young kids to parents and entire families, we improved dramatically on last year’s numbers, had a healthy, fun family time and gave our kids a lesson in maintaining good health in the process,” Wilkins continued.
According to Wilkins, the idea behind the Move-A-Thon is to teach kids basic exercises that they can perform at home without the need for expensive equipment.
At the end of the summer, the Y plans to look at the progress of participants to track improvement and total energy spent in the program. For more information and to sign up for the Move-A-Thon, visit www.ykeepitmovin.org.