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MEDIA RELEASE

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Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

01/04/2007

Genesys Athletic Club helps kids get READY

Editor's note: READY instructors are available for interviews before the free demonstration nights and during the program. We hope the media will be interested in conducting interviews in advance to help encourage children and adolescents to get involved in this program. Please call the Genesys Marketing department to set up these interviews - 606-6270.
Classes on Regular Exercise And Diet for Youths now offered at GAC

To help the increasing number of inactive youth, Genesys Athletic Club (GAC) has started a new program called READY - Regular Exercise and Diet for Youths.

For one hour a week, kids aged 8 to 12 will exercise at the club to improve balance, motor skills and agility. They also will learn about proper nutrition.

“READY is a non-competitive and totally supportive program designed to make kids feel comfortable in a health-oriented atmosphere and get them enthusiastic about making health and fitness a regular part of their life,” explains Genesys Athletic Club general manager Jim Krimbill.

The club will host free demonstrations of READY for children and their parents Monday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at GAC, located on the Genesys Regional Medical Center - Health Park campus.

National studies have shown that obesity has become a childhood trend and long-term health threat. It is estimated that 15 percent of children in the US are at risk of being overweight, and an additional 15 percent are overweight. Furthermore, the US Surgeon General of the Department of Health and Human Services reports the following:

Risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure occur with increased frequency in overweight children and adolescents.

Type 2 diabetes, previously considered an adult disease, has increased dramatically in children and adolescents.

Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.

Overweight children and adolescents generally do not exercise and do not eat healthy foods.

“We don’t want kids to become statistics," points out Krimbill. "We want to lead them on a path to a healthier lifestyle, and have fun doing it. The simplest way to do that is to get them moving and teach them how to eat properly,” says Krimbill.

READY classes begin the week of Jan. 22. Cost is $70 for seven weeks. Contact Tara James at (810) 606-7506 for dates and times.

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