As schools remain closed and kids are spending more time at home, Fit in 42 Studios is offering a free kids “recess" program to families in the Coachella Valley. The program started on Monday, March 23rd, and they had 65 families online through zoom. By the next day, that number jumped to 88 families. Four days later, 121 families joined online.
Jason Organ is the general manager of Fit in 42 and he said, “If there’s any time that people need to be taking care of their health and their mental health it’s right now. Everybody should be working out.” That includes kids! This class is held online at 10:15 a.m. every morning. They originally had it Monday through Friday but so many people were enjoying it they extended it for the weekends too.
Organ said, “When they have this at home they get to communicate, they get to have fun, they get to get the energy out and let the parents sit down for 5-10 minutes by themselves.”
Every class has a different theme to dress up. There’s Star Wars and Disney, dress up as your favorite superhero, wear a crazy outfit, pajama day, and represent your favorite sports teams! Organ said, “When you’re a kid, i really think, it has to be fun and if it’s not fun, you’re not going to be interested.”
The goal is to help kids stay healthy and active while releasing some energy to be more balanced throughout the day. It also gives them something to look forward to every day!
Organ added, “It helps the parents build in a routine as well or a schedule. Wake up lets have breakfast, do a little homework, study a bit, and then ok now you have recess.”
The classes last between 20-30 minutes. Organ said it’s no cost for the parents or the kids. You sign up by visiting their website Fit in 42 Kids. Organ said, “It's just goodwill from us so we can positively impact our community in this time.”
If adults are looking for free workouts, they are offering their app for free that has daily videos and workouts to do as well. You can download it by visiting the app store and searching, Fit in 42 Online.
News Channel 3's Taban Sharifi will have more on the story today at 5 p.m.
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