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JJs Playhouse Children’s Gym announces it’s first program! 

Building the Body Through Racquetball

The Build your Body Thru Racquetball initiative can help fight childhood obesity, expose children at an early age to other forms of healthy play, and eventually help shape the future of public programs and facility designs for communities.  This program can help decrease rising childhood obesity rates by teaching kids life-long fitness habits with over 10 proven health benefits which include the following:

  • Burns calories and fat
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Good for heart health
  • Improve balance, coordination and flexibility
  • Improves hand-eye coordination and mental agility
  • Offers both aerobic and anaerobic benefits
  • Works the whole body
  • It’s fun
  • It’s social
  • Reduces stress and lowers other health risks

This initiative will broaden the minds of kids as well as parents in underserved communities of other forms of athletics that may not receive the publicity as larger team oriented sports such as football, basketball, and baseball.  In many cases, kids are not exposed to other sports.  Racquetball is widely known in other parts of the USA and other countries.  Increasing the visibility of this sport in local communities in Metropolitan areas initially will eventually influence future facility designs for local community centers, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys/Girls Clubs, and Recreational centers.

In case you wanted to know……

According to the State of Obesity –Better Policies for a Healthier America, the national childhood obesity rate of 18.5% varies as children get older: 13.9 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4 percent of 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds are obese. In fact, there are alarming racial and ethnic disparities, 25.8 percent of Hispanic children and 22 percent of Black children are obese.  These statistics coupled with reports that high school students are spending more time on computers, watching less television, and struggling to get enough physical activity, support there’s a need to establish good health practices early in a child’s life.  The 2015 data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that among U.S. high school students, 41.7 percent used a computer three or more hours a day for fun outside of school work, up from 41.3 percent in 2013, and 31.1 percent in 2011.  One way to decrease this negative trend involves exposing kids at an earlier age to other forms of healthy play.

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