YMCA Youth Dance Program Supported by Children’s Obesity Fund

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The J. Smith Young YMCA is launching a new summer camp dance program for local youth in Lexington, North Carolina. The Children’s Obesity Fund is glad to support this unique program which combines health education with dance instruction, a novel approach to encourage increased activity levels and helping today’s youth to be happy and healthy.

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The founders of the J. Smith Young “Summer Camp Combo Dance Experience” thank Michael Omidi, M.D. and his brother Julian Omidi and The Children’s Obesity Fund for their support and sponsorship. The new youth dance program strives to teach the youth of Lexington, North Carolina wellness and fitness through the medium of ballroom dance.

“Funding these exposure opportunities is a huge challenge for us in these tough economic times and the assistance of The Children’s Obesity Fund greatly adds to this particular attempt as we expose our kids to the art of dance,” says program founder, Carol Caldwell. “We thank Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi and The Children’s Obesity Fund for their support, and we hope their assistance will help us achieve our goal of offering a fun and character-building resource to the children of our community.”

The idea for the J. Smith Young “Summer Camp Combo Dance Experience” was born after founder Carol Caldwell had great success losing weight by participating in ballroom dance classes. She envisions a multi- week dance program that teaches kids the swing, tango and waltz, while at the same time offering nutritional guidance in order to better educate the kids about the best foods for strength, stamina and energy. The program concludes with a dance recital, so that the kids can display their new dance skills to their friends and families, and also a formal graduation ceremony, where participants who completed the course will receive a certificate.

The programs will be held at the J. Smith Young YMCA, which offers a multitude of different fitness and recreational programs for children, adults and seniors in Davidson County, North Carolina.

Co-founded by Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D., the Children’s Obesity Fund (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org) hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Childrens-Obesity-Fund/264244577009536?fref=ts and can also be found on Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

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