A Solution to Childhood Obesity Launches in Elkins Park, PA

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To fight childhood obesity, improve fitness and sports performance, local fitness professional, Mark Stainthorpe, launches the first youth fitness and sports camp in Elkins Park, PA.

Local youth fitness expert, Mark Stainthorpe, recently announced The Gym's launch of Youth Fit Sports Camp (YFSC), Elkins Park’s first youth fitness sports camp specifically designed to combat childhood obesity, to improve youth fitness and sports performance.

Stainthorpe said, "Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions with factors such as school budget cutbacks that have significantly reduced physical education and activity, unhealthy food choices, excessive "screen usage"-computers, TV, and video games, all contributing to the dilemma. Currently, over 50% of our children are overweight and almost 20% are obese. Unless obesity is reduced, today's youth will lead less healthy and shorter lives than their parents."

"To help battle childhood obesity and to introduce kids ages 8-15 to a healthy fitness lifestyle in a safe, fun, non-intimidating format," Stainthorpe remarked. "We’re elated to begin offering an effective youth fitness and sports program in the Elkins Park area."

Stainthorpe says that providing youth fitness programming is a natural extension of The Gym's commitment to the community: "We have always been committed to offering quality programs and services to our community such as The Gym's adult Elkins Park Boot Camp in 2011, so offering this much needed program for the children of our adult Boot Camp was a no-brainer."

"It's unfortunate that there are so many unhealthy children. The vast majority of kids today have sedentary lifestyles, even if they are participating in limited sports activities." Stainthorpe commented that "YFSC's Group Fitness Programs will engage children to start moving again and are designed with their safety and fun in mind; if it's not fun, your children are not going to stick with it."

Stainthorpe further notes that "Our YFSC training system has been developed and refined over the past nine years by the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA), the premier international authority in Youth Fitness and Sports Training. Our Sports Camp will initially run six weeks (three times a week) with structured physical activities and will be delivered by IYCA Certified Fitness Coaches, who will help motivate, guide and inspire your children. Regular physical activity, coupled with healthy eating, making sound food choices, and with leadership provided by parents, our neighborhood's childhood obesity will be reduced."

The first Youth Fit Sports Camp will be launched by The Gym on July 23, 2012 at 46 East Church Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. For more information, call Mark Stainthorpe at 215-379-3488.

About The Gym:    
Opened in March 1995, The Gym (http://www.TheGymElkinsPark.com) is a co-ed fitness and personal training facility which specializes in individual & small group personal training, weight management, adult boot camp, overall conditioning, youth training, sports specific training, and TRX suspension training. Mark Stainthorpe joined The Gym as Fitness Director in March 2005 and is a certified fitness expert with 10 years experience in the fitness industry. He can be reached at info(at)TheGymElkinsPark(dot)com or 215-379-3488.

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