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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fitness program aims to combat childhood obesity

The program is free but registration is required

Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers will offer a free eight-week fitness program for children 8–11 years old identified by a physician or teacher as being above an ideal or healthy weight.

Sessions will be held Mondays, 4 – 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 4 – 5 p.m., from March 14 to May 4, at the Ahlbin Centers Bridgeport location, 226 Mill Hill Ave. A certified fitness trainer and a registered dietitian will lead each session, according to a statement.

"Through group activities and games, children will learn about the benefits of exercise and good eating habits. Participants will be given homework assignments and be eligible to receive prizes for doing a good job each week," the statement said.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend sessions with their children. Each participant is required to complete a health and medical history form and complete a brief fitness evaluation and questionnaire before the program starts, the statement said. The paperwork will be sent to the participants in advance of the first session.

Class size is limited and parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. For information or to register, call Vikki Winks at 203-336-7348.

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