In an attempt to combat childhood obesity at a local level, the YMCA of Clay County in Brazil will hold a Kids Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 4 beginning at 8 a.m. in Forest Park.
"The YMCA offers a number of youth sports programs including basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, dance and gymnastics, but we need to start looking at how to help kids who are not interested in ball-bouncing activities. The YMCA Kids Triathlon is our first attempt at doing so," Executive Director of the YMCA of Clay County Chad Zaucha said.
Getting children off the couch and on their feet is more important than ever. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that less than three out of 10 kids attend a physical education class, and nationally P.E. classes are practically nonexistent during an average school day.
In addition, the American Heart Association reports that less than 25 percent of high school students get more than 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily.
"With more than nine million children in the United States overweight, which has doubled since 1980, increasing the levels of physical activity in the lives of our children is a critical component of this country's effort to fight childhood obesity," Zaucha said.
The triathlon is open to youths age 6-15, and the events will split the children into several age groups. Participants will swim at the Forest Park pool, bike around the bike path and then run through the sub-division. In addition, all participants will receive a T-shirt and a completion medal at the end of the event.
Early registration is going on now through July 29, with costs for non-members set at $15, and members $10, and late registration will be taken July 30 through the morning of the event with costs increasing by $5.
For more information, stop by the YMCA or contact Nicole Smiley or Deb Plummer at 442-6761.