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YMCA gets kids in shape

July 6, 2007

Albany - - Health officials say 30% of children ages six to 11 are overweight. Fifteen are obese.

That's according to the American Obesity Association. Albany's YMCA is trying to fight the problem. They are participating in the organization's Activate America Initiative which promotes more exercise in daily activities.

YMCA leaders say they're trying to get children involved with more physical activity by introducing them to non-traditional forms of exercise.

"Not every child is ready to chase a ball of course. We have great soccer programs, basketball programs, it is a place to learn to swim, a life long activity. But we've been busy this summer bringing in different sports, teen boxing, of course we have basketball, we have soccer camps, jump rope, craft camp, it's all about staying physically active," says Anna Lee O'neil.

When school resumes, they will start the "Active After-school Program" to incorporate more exercise after tutorials. The Y also has a goal of teaching every child who comes through their program how to swim.

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