>Twin Rivers YMCA announces Youth Olympics Program

>We have developed a program for children 6-14 to learn healthy lifestyle behaviors. We have named our program Youth Olympics as we will learn health education while training with physical activity.

During the Olympics, we will be focusing on healthy lifestyles. The main objective of the program will be the Y5210. We will focus on 5 fruits and vegetables daily, 2 hours less screen time daily, 1 hour physical activity, and 0 sugar sweetened drinks. Research in our community places these habits as the cause to unhealthy lifestyles for our children. So with our education, we will teach the children healthy behaviors that will improve their lifestyle. The Olympic Games will be badminton, sprinting, vertical jump, relay race, and hoops. I have redone the rules of the game to make them more appropriate for children.

Each topic of the Y5210 will be covered over two weeks. We will discuss how to make that plan a part of the childrens’ life and options that will make them healthier. We will also review rules and the correct way to play each sport.

We really need to reach the children of our community to increase the overall health and longevity of our community. I would greatly appreciate your help in promoting this program as much as possible. Registration is open now until January 31, 2012 and the program begins on January 17, 2012-April 3, 2012; the Olympics will be held Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 09:00 am. It is every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30. The price is $20.00/member, $25.00/non-member.

Submitted by and contact information: Adrienne Dawson, Twin Rivers YMCA, Program Coordinator, 252-638-8799 ext. 229 or email