Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 7, 2014
Live Fit Tooele County reaches out to toddlers

January is prime season for fitness do-overs, but Live Fit Tooele County wants to make sure the smallest citizens aren’t left out in the cold.

Beginning this month, Live Fit will sponsor several free indoor fitness activities for local toddlers. The activities range from bounce house freeplay at the Dow James Building to martial arts classes. All are geared toward a common goal: provide indoor, active play for pre-school age children.

Live Fit Chairperson Malaena Toohey said the coalition began pursuing partnerships that could provide indoor play activities for children last year after a brainstorming meeting revealed that fast food playlands were the only free or low-cost fitness resources available during the winter for pre-school age children.

Live Fit has hosted Thursday freeplay every week since November and plans to continue to host the activities on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dow James Building. Grantsville-based Jumpin’ Jack Splash will provide bounce houses at those activities.

Additionally, the Tooele City Library will host pre-school fitness classes with various local fitness groups, including Get Fit with Ty, NMotion, and Grantsville Taekwondo beginning this Friday. The classes will continue on a weekly basis from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The group leading the class may host a free preschool activity from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. after the library classes. Afternoon activities are currently slated for Jan. 10, 17, and 24. Most of these activities will take place at the provider’s place of business.

Tooele’s M&K Mixed Martial Arts will host a third fitness activity this Saturday, with a class for children ages 4 to 10 at 2 p.m., followed by a second class for ages 11 to 17. M&K Mixed Martial Arts plans to host these free classes once a month.

Child care is not available at any of the preschool fitness events. Parents are expected to attend with their children. The Dow James Memorial Building is located in Tooele at 438 W. 400 North. M&K Mixed Martial Arts is located 15 S, Main, Tooele.

More information on these and other Live Fit programs is available at

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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