May 11, 2012

Kidz in Motion...Keeping Kids Healthy & Active

We are constantly reminded in print, videos and on television that childhood diabetes and obesity is gaining ground in the United States; but Baxter Regional Medical Center’s Active Lifestyle Institute is once again tackling the task to help keep our kids in the Twin Lakes Area healthy and active. This is the third year that BRMC’s Active Lifestyle Institute, Cline Emergency Centers' Trauma Unit and MH Parks & Recreation’s L.C. Sammons Youth Center have collaborated to keep kids safe, healthy and active. This event raises awareness for healthy and active lifestyles for our area children. This is a fun and interactive environment for the children. Mike Beam, Director of the Active Lifestyle Institute said, “The purpose of this event is to promote health and wellness information in a fun, active and kid-friendly environment. These children love the interactive presentations, obstacle courses, fruit smoothie station and of course, the bike rodeo. These events are well attended and the information provided to these children is extremely beneficial to their well-being and our ongoing commitment to active lifestyles.” BRMC offers many programs through the year that spotlight health and wellness for men and women alike, and it is an added benefit that this program speaks solely to our youth. This year the program has added cardiology to the program along with a program about water safety. Louise Stancil, one of last years attendees remarked, “I was impressed with the level of knowledge that was presented in this type of event. There were physicians and many other medical professionals working side by side – all for the benefit of our children.” Donna McMullen, Marketing Director at BRMC, noted, “I attended last years Kidz ‘n Motion and am thankful to the L.C. Sammons Youth Center and their wonderful staff for their efforts on behalf of our local communities. BRMC works very hard to promote this type of event throughout our region and we are encouraged by the interest shown by attendees to this event, and many others that we offer throughout the year.” This is a free event for area children; however, they must pre-register to attend. Registrations for the 2012 Kidz in Motion event can be made online at www.baxterregional.org.