MERRILLVILLE | In response to the issue of rising childhood obesity, the Indiana Youth Institute is hosting a forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Geminus Corporation, 8400 Louisiana St., that will explore how to create fitness first environments for children.
The forum will feature Ron Gaston, founder of Temple Total Fitness in Michigan City and a nationally certified Ignite Fitness Instructor. Gaston has more than 20 years of experience in the field of fitness and will teach the steps, guidelines and procedures for creating healthy, fitness oriented environments for children.
Exercising can involve children of all physical abilities, so it is often a better, more inclusive choice for youth programs than group sports such as basketball or soccer. In addition, exercise workouts can help youth see their own step-by-step progress, helping to encourage them to continue toward their goals. These lessons can be applied to other areas of life in the future.
According to a 2011 study from the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, 65 percent of Indiana high school students did not attend physical education classes during the average week, and 32 percent of Indiana children 10 to 17 are considered overweight or obese according to a 2011 Kaiser Family Foundation study.
As part of IYI’s Youth Worker Café program, the forum is free and lunch will be served, but reservations are required by Monday. To make a reservation, call Eric Evans of the Geminus Corporation at (219) 757-1883 or email Eric.Evans@geminus.org. Reservations may also be made by contacting IYI Northwest Field Representative Stephen Gill via text at (219) 314-9516 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. This Youth Worker Café is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Geminus Corporation and IYI.