CONTINUING TO CREATE BRIGHTER FUTURES
YMCA of Orange County Continues to Fight Childhood Obesity and Promote Healthy Living for Children in the Community
The YMCA of Orange County has started a new session of its Earn a Bike program at Hidden Hills Elementary School in Laguna Niguel. The initiative 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.
Thirty-three students from Hidden Hills were hand selected by the elementary school’s PTA and Principal Pam Sawyer to participate in 8 weeks of nutrition, fitness and bike safety programming that meets 4 times per week from September 28th – November 19th. Parents of the students will also take part 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 on November 19th where all kids will receive a new bike, helmet, and lock so they can continue to practice healthy living.
The YMCA of Orange County believes that solutions to 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. $8,000 was raised through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign in order to deliver this program which has been growing throughout the county since its initial session at Whittier Elementary School (Costa Mesa) in 2013.
To learn more about the Earn a Bike program, visit ymcaoc.org/earn-bike.
Read the full press release here.