On February 15th, just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, the NY1 camera crew showed some love to the Staten Island location of popular children’s fitness center Kids N’ Shape. NY1 explored our Staten Island Childrens Fitness Facility with a visit during a fitness open play session. The visit was featured via a live news report and as the story and video “Fit Kids: S.I. Childrens Fitness Facility Keeps ‘Em Moving”.
NY1 has been celebrating Fit Kids February, an initiative supported by The American Heart Association. According to NY1.com, the goal of the monthlong focus on fit kids is “informing viewers of the sometimes alarming trends facing our kids’ health as well as (to) provide helpful tips for busy parents.”
During the visit, NY1’s Shannan Ferry interviewed parents, kids and Kids N’ Shape staff to find out just what makes Kids N’ Shape such a popular option in any family’s fit kids toolbox. The top answers? Families love that Kids N’ Shape offers a way to raise fit kids in any weather. This is no small matter during the cold dark winter months when, according to The Parent Report, “…children are less active and their outdoor playtime is reduced.” Parents also appreciate the fact that time spent playing at Kids N’ Shape reduces the amount of time kids spend using tablets and smartphones. As reported by the Green Bay Press-Gazette, excessive use of tablets and smartphones has been flagged as a risk factor for obesity.
A study published last month in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who slept near a “small screen,” such as a smartphone, had 20.6 fewer minutes of sleep per weekday than those who never did and those who slept in a room with a TV received 18 fewer minutes of sleep per weekday than those with no TV.
Activity areas featured on-camera by NY1 include our inflatable obstacle course, foam pit, ball pit, wheeled toys, basketball, and Xbox Kinect. Xbox Kinect is recommended by the Poughkeepsie Journal as a great way to get kids excited about exercise.
The concern is real. Today, obesity in children is responsible for health problems formerly associated with adults, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high blood cholesterol levels. Overweight, unfit kids also suffer from low self-esteem, negative body image and depression.