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Active•Fit Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for Local Youth

Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) dedicates numerous resources to promote youth wellness in the community.  

Active•Fit Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for Local Youth
LMHS President & CEO Rob Montagnese prepares for a play with his flag football team during the Active•Fit Field Day.

Hosting a variety of programs throughout the year, LMHS is laying the groundwork for the next generation to enjoy healthier, longer lives.  The Active•Fit Youth Wellness Program is one of these valuable resources available to community youth, featuring guidelines designed to improve youth involvement while supporting local schools.  Now in its fifth year, Active•Fit has registered more than 3,000 participants, who select health-related goals and track their progress on the website in order to earn prizes and support their school’s physical education program.

Launched in partnership with Newark Advocate Media, the Active•Fit Program promotes healthy lifestyles for youth, ages 6 through 12, throughout Licking County.  The goals of the program are as follows:
• Introduce the benefits of exercise, healthy eating and proper rest
• Motivate youth to create personal goals for fitness
• Help youth develop a lifelong commitment to personal fitness

The annual Active•Fit Program features three four-month periods. During each of the three periods, Active•Fit participants are encouraged to complete four “Active” category goals and four “Fit” category goals in order to be eligible for a prize drawing.  Participants who complete at least eight goals are automatically entered into the prize drawing for each period.

In 2016, the Active•Fit Program was aligned more directly with Ohio Physical Education Guideline Goals to assist physical education instructors and their students throughout the community in achieving those goals.  In addition, each participating school has the opportunity to earn generous rewards from LMHS to supplement their gym equipment needs.  These rewards are based on student participation within each school. To assist the schools with reward funding, students must register for the program and accomplish their goals during Periods 1 and 2.  For more information or to register for the Active•Fit Youth Wellness Program, please visit www.ActiveFit.org.

LMHS also offers a variety of Active•Fit program events throughout the year.  Such activities include the following:

Active•Fit Mini-Triathlon
Licking Memorial Health Systems and the City of Pataskala Active•Fit Mini-Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 10, 9:00 a.m., at Municipal Park  in Pataskala.  The event will include a 2.5K bike ride, 1K run and a 1-lap swim.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.  Bike helmets are mandatory.  Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.  This event is limited to youth ages 6 to 12 years.  Municipal Park is located at the intersection of Mill Street, Township Road and Creek Road in Pataskala.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Active•Fit Field Day
Active•Fit Field Day will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  This two-hour event, for participants ages 6 to 12 years, includes activity choices such as soccer, flag football, kickball and freeze tag.   At the end of the event, attendees can join in a variety of fun water games.  Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.

Active•Fit Fun Run
The Active•Fit Fun Run event will take place on July 29 at The Dawes Arboretum for youth ages 6 to 12.  This event will begin at 8:00 a.m., prior to the “For Your Health” 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Walk.  Participants must check in no later than 7:45 a.m.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult.  All participants will receive an Active•Fit T-shirt and a water bottle.  Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.  Online registration is required by July 14.  Please register online at www.racepenguin.com.

Active•Fit Bowling
Also during July, Active•Fit age youth may participate in Active•Fit Bowling on Wednesday, July 26, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and includes a free two-hour period of bowling at Park Lanes in Heath.  Participants can enjoy the open session of bowling – courtesy of Park Lanes, healthy snacks, as well as a “glow bowl.”

Active•Fit Movie Nights
Twice a year, the Health Systems presents Family Movie Night.  This fun youth wellness event features an outdoor movie screening, inflatable fun areas and games, free snacks, popcorn and beverages.  Recent Active•Fit period winners are recognized with prizes.  Health screenings and other educational health information also are available.  On Friday, May 19, LMHS will show Finding Dory at the grounds of the Pataskala Health Campus, located at One Healthy Place, off Broad Street, in Pataskala.  Active•Fit activities will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk, approximately 9:00 p.m.   Remember the Titans will be featured on Friday,

September 15, on the Fine Arts Quad grounds at Denison University, with events beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by the movie at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Family Movie Nights are weather permitting and guests are asked to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for the movie.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and pets are prohibited.

These free Active•Fit events are limited to youth ages 6 to 12 years, but registration is required.  For questions or to pre-register, please contact the LMHS Public Relations Department at (220) 564-1560.

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