Milledgeville Trainers Fight Childhood Obesity
Georgia has the second highest childhood obesity rate in the nation according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control. A group in Milledgeville is fighting the problem and having fun while they do it.
It isn't training camp. It's something better.
"I've got some kids that are losing weight. Kids that are gaining a lot of muscle. The endurance level on some of my kids, I've got one kid that's athsmatic and he's come off his breathing treatments due to our program," says Bo Sibilsky, a Sportfit trainer.
It's a kid fit camp in Milledgeville and it's addressing a very serious problem.
"We started doing this because we see a problem with the childhood obesity and trying to get the exercise for the kids. Schools are now cutting back P.E. and recess and we felt that there's a big need for this in our community," says Bo Sibilsky, a Sportfit trainer.
The camp is open to kids of all ages. It's a great way to battle obesity and it's also a good for athletes.
"I play basketball and soccer. So, with my legs it helps me kick better and then it helps me with my arm strength in basketball," says Sam Sibilsky, who trains at Sportfit.
Trainers get these kids off the couch and into the workout rotation.
"You never know what their potential is. And you kind of push them a little bit but we do make sure that they understand that they can stop. Get water. They can rest at any time. We just want them to complete the entire workout," says Bo Sibilsky, a Sportfit trainer.
That type of encouragement goes a long way.
"By yourself you'd rather just give up. There's someone here pushing you, encouraging youto keep going, rather than you hearing you quiting," says Daloria Boone, who trains at Sportfit.
Regular exercise can do wonders for kids physically and also mentally.
"I was really self concious when I was kind of chubbier but after this, it's really helped me get better in shape," says Bobbie Mills, who trains at Sportfit.
Sportfit is located off Highway 22 in Milledgeville, across from the Walter B. Williams baseball fields.
You can visit their website at http://sportfitga.com/index.php/fitness-classes/sportfit-fitness.html.