Kauai Gymnastics joins national fitness campaign

As part of a national initiative from Tyson Foods and USA Gymnastics, Kauai Gymnastics Academy in Puhi has added the Tyson Fitness Challenge to its summer schedule.

An eight-session fitness program designed to help improve the overall fitness and nutrition of children ages 6 to 14, the fitness challenge begins next week at Kauai Gymnastics.

Created under the guidance of fitness and nutrition experts of USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods, the Tyson Fitness Challenge incorporates exercises and activities in four fundamentals of fitness: cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility exercise and nutrition.

In order to accommodate this initiative into the Kauai Gymnastics six-week summer fun session, the Tyson Fitness Challenge will be customized so each class can be involved.

This will be at no extra cost to the students or parents.

“We are excited that Tyson Foods has recognized the need for a program like this and has joined us in creating the Tyson Fitness Challenge,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said in a press release. “Statistics show that today’s youngsters are the most inactive generation, and we are proud to be a part of getting today’s kids more fit.”

“Kids now more than ever need to learn about the importance of nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity,” Tyson senior vice president and chief marketing officer Bob Corscadden said in the release.

The goal is to get kids off the couch and into the gym, he said.

“Together with USA Gymnastics and local gym clubs across the country, this program will help young kids perform their best while also raising money for a great charity,” Corscadden said.

Raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network is part of National Gymnastics Day’s goals, and the Tyson Fitness Challenge is the platform for raising those funds.

Each participant gathers donation pledges contingent upon completion of a specified number of activities in a set time, ranging from fitness-specific skills or movements to cartwheels and back-flips.

National Gymnastics Day happens to fall during the Kauai Gymnastics summer break this year, so the summer fun session will devote the last week of classes to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

As the Hawaiian club sponsor of National Gymnastics Day, Kauai Gymnastics petitioned Gov. Linda Lingle to sign a proclamation declaring Aug. 5 National Gymnastics Day for the state of Hawai‘i.

For more information on Kauai Gymnastics Academy’s summer fun session and Tyson Fitness Challenge, call 245-8863 or visit www.usa-gymnastics.org.

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