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Community Ed schedules open gym time

The Hudson School District Community Education in collaboration with Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Catalyst Sports Medicine and PowerUp have scheduled open gym nights for families this winter. The first night, Friday, Nov. 13, will kick off with a special kids dance and other family fun activities. The “Get Fit Crew” from Catalyst Sports Medicine will set up games and activities at each open gym time to encourage children and their families to be more active. Families can join Open Gym for $3 per person or family.  Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

All open gym nights in November and December will be held Friday nights  at E.P. Rock from  6:15-8:15 p.m. Other dates are Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 11, and 18.

This year funds received from the Hudson Daybreak Rotary will be used to increase the variety of activities and equipment available to families during the open gym times. The additional activities and equipment will help increase physical activity levels of the families and allow for the continuation of the program.

Over 200 hundred families and children attended last year’s open gyms. Open gym is a low-cost opportunity for children to be physically active, especially those who may not be involved in organized sports.

PowerUp is a community-wide youth health initiative whose goal is to make better eating and active living easy, fun, and popular, so youth can reach their full potential. PowerUp is focused on children ages 3-11 and adults who influence their food and physical activity choices. This approach requires more than efforts focused on individual behavior change; community-level change is needed in order to increase access to healthy foods and develop friendly physical activity environments. PowerUp is a long-term commitment on behalf of Hudson Hospital & Clinic to create change over 10 years in partnership with the Hudson School District, Catalyst Sports Medicine and other businesses, healthcare providers, civic groups, families, kids, and the entire community.