hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

December 5, 2013

YMCA's secret: Make exercise fun

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Here's one way to get kids to exercise.

With studies showing that too many American children are getting too little exercise, the YMCA has found part of the solution.

Simply make it fun to huff and puff and sweat a little.

The Y is hosting Friday Fun Nights, where young people participate in traditional sports, but also off-beat activities. Among the activities are dodge ball and playing in a bouncy house, plus basketball, floor hockey and soccer.

All the activities are done in a relaxed atmosphere, so kids feel no pressure and readily join in.