YMCAs of the East Bay Release ‘Keep It Movin’ Summer Results
Summer long exercise regimen by participating youth in Y facilities in six East Bay cities collectively produced enough energy to power an average East Bay home for 6.2 days.
[East Bay Area, CA, 9/27/12] – Continuing on their success with the Healthy Kids Day program held in April of this year, youthful members of the Ys of the East Bay participated in ‘Move-A-Thon’ program activities throughout the summer. Together they collectively generated enough energy to power the average East Bay home for more than 6.2 days.
1000 Y members in YMCA centers all around the East Bay participated in the summer-long campaign designed to encourage children and families to participate in circuit exercises such as jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and sit-ups. Results were recorded and tallied by the Y staff over the course of their summer day camp programs: a total of over 174,000 exercise repetitionswere completed. According to Robert Wilkins, President & CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay, the idea behind the Move-A-Thon was to teach kids basic exercises, the kind they can perform at home without the need for expensive electronic equipment.
“We wanted to encourage healthy life habits for kids and their families that extended well beyond our Healthy Kids Day into the summer when schools are not able to provide physical education services,” Wilkins said. Based on the success of the both programs this past summer, he added that the YMCA of the East Bay plans to continue to offer more healthy living programs throughout the year.
For more information on the programs available, please visit: http://www.ymcaeastbay.org/programs
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About the East Bay Y System:
The YMCA of the East Bay is one of Northern California's largest non-profit trainers and deployers of volunteers. Last year the East Bay YMCA trained more than 500 volunteers in programs ranging from childcare to teen enrichment, health and wellness and cultural harmony. With nine branches and almost 50 childcare centers in operation from Fremont to the Oregon border, the East Bay YMCA Association also has the largest geographic reach of any YMCA operation in North America. Formed as a 501 (c) (3) corporation on July 20, 1879, the not-for-profit 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). All locations are for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.