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Programs to Combat Childhood Obesity Gaining Popularity

Washington, DC (rushprnews) 01/19/2007– In order to tackle nationwide the growing problem of childhood obesity, Maryland-based Funfit Family Fitness Center has opened up one new center in Lafayette, Louisiana in the month of October, and has begun offering classes on Long Island in New York. According to the US Surgeon General, there is currently an epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States that includes nine million children over the age of six, and parents are increasingly looking for ways to accompany their children down a healthier path. The World Health Organization`s members recently declared that for the first time in mankind history more people suffered from obesity than the opposite, specifically noting that the greater problem was seen with youth with poor lifestyle and family habits.

Celia Kibler, the founder of the Funfit had this to say, ” Our focus is the prevention of childhood obesity. At our center we offer a complete range of fun, health and enrichment classes for kids ages 0-12 years including our newest Funfit program MyYoga, plus music, art, kung fu, infant massage, cheerleading and sign language that are all family-inclusive,” explains Kibler,” and we are hoping that this step-by-step nationwide expansion is going to have a positive and far-reaching impact on our nation’s children. Our goal is to expand into every state, while being careful to meet the specific needs of each region”.

All licensees will go through a full twenty-five hour training to successfully conduct our classes as well as our parties. The outstanding reputation that Funfit prides itself with, will continue with every center that is opened and all licensees will hold the same desires and beliefs for the healthy future of our children and families. Maddi Cheers, now teaching MyYoga on Long Island in New York and the owner of a franchise had this to say, “When I was approached by KidEsteem, a new center for all kids with all needs, to conduct fitness classes for their clientele, Funfit’s MyYoga was a natural fit. Working with kids that have anxiety and stress, MyYoga classes help each child conquer their issues through relaxation, focus and stretching techniques that build confidence and bring comfort to each participant.”

Amy Kiddy, owner of the Funfit Family Fitness Center in Lafayette, Louisiana holds a maters degree in Nutrition, as well as a Nursing Degree. She officially opened for business on September 28th of this year. Amy looked around at many different programs made available in the industry and chose Funfit for its focus on making physical activity enjoyable to a generation of kids who would much rather watch television, play videogames or surf the net. Once decided on a franchise, another factor she considered in opening up a center was the lack of options for kids in her district. Kiddy offers this explanation, “Lafayette was not offering any programs of value for children, you will not find here a GYMBOREE or MYGYM and the local YMCA is focusing on other social issues”.

According to Amy Kiddy, “The concept of Funfit is to involve the whole family, by offering programs fun for kids that include parent participation too. Our classes for older kids (5 and up) even incorporate a nutrition discussion. I feel that even if they only go home with one or two elements introduced, it is a giant step in the right direction”. She goes on to add,” A lot of our kids don’t like sports and with Funfit they remain active while having fun. Kids don’t think of it as a chore, as they often do with mandatory gym classes at school.” It has been proven that in most cases, the very best defense against a health problem is an immediate and positive preventive approach. One including good nutrition, joyful physical activity and a positive self-image will naturally lead to a healthier body and mind and that is what the children of this great nation deserve.

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Celia Kibler, President of Funfit Inc. and co-creator of the Funfit fitness program for children since 1987. BS from the University of Maryland. Certified, Level 2, Radiant Child Yoga Instructor. Past faculty member of Montgomery College Challenge Program teaching Health and Fitness to mentally and physically challenged adults. Invited speaker at the International Kids Fitness Association Conference (no longer active), Maryland Recreation and Parks Conference, as well as speaker on Teen Fitness to Prince Georges County Recreation in Maryland. Business member of the International Dance Exercise Association.

Funfit Family Fitness Center
1507F Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Lafayette, LA

Funfit’s MyYoga classes & parties now held at
KidEsteem Inc.
411A Lexington Avenue
W. Babylon, NY

Anne Howard, writer and publicist
Phone: 310-295-9578 (L.A.)

For more information on the Funfit programs visit the website at, you may write or call Anne Howard to set up an interview at (L.A.)310-295-9578,

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