KIDS EARN BIKES FOR EXERCISING
Orange County YMCA’s Starting New Sessions of Youth Exercise and Nutrition Program at Local Elementary Schools
The YMCA of Orange County is ready to begin implementation of their mission-driven youth exercise initiative at three local elementary schools in South Orange County. The fully funded program is designed to increase the amount of physical activity performed by elementary school-aged children and improve nutritional content of their diets in order to lower the rate of childhood obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in the community.
Students from Laguna Niguel Elementary and Del Obispo Elementary in Laguna Niguel and Viejo Elementary in Mission Viejo will participate in 8 weeks of nutrition, fitness, and bike safety programming that meets 4 times per week over the next couple of months. Parents will also be required to participate and increase their awareness of family health by attending two nutrition classes. Successful completion of the program will be measured by the kids’ fitness levels and perceptions of healthy eating habits, culminating with a graduation ceremony where all kids will receive a brand new bike, helmet, and lock so they can continue to practice healthy living.
The Earn a Bike program has had tremendous success in past sessions in communities from Orange and Riverside Counties to the San Gabriel Valley. Results have shown that participants in the program have not only improved their physical abilities, but also lowered their body mass index (BMI), a key indicator of obesity. (Read about the success of past earn a bike sessions)
The YMCA believes that efforts to combat childhood obesity must be community-wide in order to combat this epidemic and is actively pursuing funding to expand the program to serve even more children and families in the future. Funding for these Earn a Bike sessions is raised through the Laguna Niguel Family YMCA and Mission Viejo Family YMCA’s Annual Campaign and generous donations from organizations like The Pacific Life Foundation. Centered on community events and staff and volunteer giving, the initiative is vital to help deliver this program which has been growing throughout Southern California since its initial session in 2013.
If you would like to be a part of the YMCA’s effort to bring healthy living to communities in need, please visit here to donate now or set up your very own fundraising campaign.
Read the full press release here.