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Jazzercise encouraging kids to get up and dance
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Fitness should not be a chore. In fact, it can and should be fun, says Charise Oelger, Great Bend Jazzercise instructor. Kids can learn this valuable life lesson and channel their inner Bieber during the Junior Jazzercise “Kids Get Fit” program at the Jazzercise Great Bend Fitness Center, Saturday, May 11 from 9:30-10 a.m.
In honor of National Fitness Month in May, Oelger, certified Jazzercise instructor for seven years, will host a free Junior Jazzercise program in an effort to raise awareness about childhood obesity and educate children in the community on the importance of health and fitness. This local class is part of a global effort to teach children the importance of establishing healthy habits at an early age that last a lifetime.
The Junior Jazzercise Kids Get Fit program was designed to get children moving and teach them that getting fit can be fun. Children learned easy-to-follow dance steps and fun fitness games, all set to the music of today’s popular artists.
“Junior Jazzercise is a personal commitment and passion of mine, and I have always recognized the importance of promoting kids fitness,” said Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett. “Since our first Kids Get Fit event with the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports and Arnold Schwarzenegger to today’s focus on healthy kids and Let’s Move with Michelle Obama, Junior Jazzercise and Kids Get Fit have an important place in our communities.”
Based on sound principles of exercise and dance physiology, Junior Jazzercise offers a high-energy workout with an emphasis on physical fitness. Trained instructors teach children that being healthy and fit can be fun through current dance moves, games and activities, and discussion about basic nutrition. Children who participate in Junior Jazzercise develop a strong sense of accomplishment and build a better self image through their participation in the program. A non-competitive atmosphere allows them to have fun and work together.
The Jazzercise workout program for adults offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing movements. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel good” factor. Classes for adults are offered locally in Great Bend.
For more information on Kids Get Fit or Jazzercise, contact Oelger by calling 620-617-1534. For worldwide class information, go to or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.