For the second year in a row, children of all ages who are home Thursday mornings will have a place to go to exercise.
Tooele County’s Live Fit Coalition is sponsoring a “Kids on the Move” program next month, starting with a kickoff party at Bounce Town, located at 10 Garnet Street, Building 669, Suite 20 in Tooele.
The free kickoff took place today from 10 a.m. to noon. Regular “Kids on the Move” classes will begin on Oct. 6 in the Dow James Building, located at 400 W. 400 North, Tooele. Children, including homeschoolers, of all ages are welcome, but parent participation is required, according to a Live Fit flier.
Following the kickoff, the free “Kids on the Move” classes begin on Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. For the first 30 minutes of class, volunteer instructors will lead structured workouts in various activities like yoga, zumba and kick boxing. The last 30 minutes is free for kids to play, said Ashlie Bishop, a Live Fit volunteer who founded the program last year.
Classes will occur every Thursday at 10 a.m. through April. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, said volunteer instructor Joanna Fuller.
This is Fuller’s second year participating in the program. Bishop recruited her to help with the classes last year. She brought two of her pre-Kindergarten children last year and plans to bring them again this year.
“I did it as kind of a favor to her, but it helps get me out of the house in the winter and helps me be more active,” Fuller said. “They [my kids] love it. It gives them a chance to just run crazy and be with other kids.”
The goal of the program is to give people an opportunity to exercise with their children or grandchildren during the colder months when they tend to stay indoors, Fuller said.
“There’s no limit,” she said. “We take any age. Homeschoolers are welcome. … As long as they have someone there to supervise them and we ask that they participate with us. We just want everybody to get up and get moving and exercise.”
The program is run entirely by community volunteers and all materials used in the classes are brought from volunteers’ homes, Bishop added.
“We have a diverse group of volunteers that adds lots of character to the program,” she said.