SPRINGFIELD – Childhood obesity and overall wellness continues to be a hot topic in the United States. Twenty years ago, most children played outside with their friends. They rode bikes or played basketball at the park for hours. Parents had to set time limits for outdoor play, instructing their children to be home before the street lights illuminate.
Today, many activities such as video games and cable television cause children to lead a sedate lifestyle. Without intervention, obesity and other health problems may develop as a result.
Part of the Springfield JCC’s mission is to enhance physical development and promote well-being. In response to childhood health concerns, the JCC has established a children’s wellness program run by children’s wellness director, Raychel Setless. Raychel has designed a set of tween fitness classes specific to ages 9-13. “This age group needed special attention,” Setless explained. “Especially those who don’t find organized sports appealing.” These new group classes are a fun way to get a workout while seeing friends and making new ones.
The JCC Youth Wellness program offers a fun atmosphere, short classes, and soundtracks featuring the latest music. Below is a complete schedule:
Pilates – Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.- Developing exercise habits early can improve both body and mind. Pilates is a great experience for anyone new to fitness, professional athletes, and everyone in between!. Participants will tighten thier core and tone muscles while increasing fitness, flexibility, and fun.
Fun Fit – Thursdays, 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.- Participants will get a sweat going to the latest music in this action packed class. Class format will consist of strength conditioning, cardio training, interval work, & stretching.
Yoga – Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – noon – This brand new yoga class designed especially for youth will help release energy and tension while developing strength, flexibility, and confidence. Quicker movements through fun sequences add a fun twist on traditional yoga.
The fee is $9 per class or $50 for 6 classes (JCC members qualify for discount rate). The Springfield JCC also offers transportation for children ages 10+ from the following schools: All Longmeadow Schools, including St. Mary’s; Birchland Park Middle School in East Longmeadow; and the following Springfield schools: St. Michael’s, Alice Beal, and Frederick Harris.
For more information, contact Raychel Setless, JCC Children’s Wellness Director, at (413) 739-4715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springfield JCC Youth Wellness Director Raychel Setless (middle) does a yoga pose with tweens Zev Bromberg-Seltzer (left) and Stephanya Moran (right).