Fitness activities

DYS, parent leaders bring families together in fitness activities | News

The Youth Services Division and the Parent Leadership Month Organizing Committee held physical fitness activities for children and their parents at the Kagman Community Center on Friday.

Hundreds of children accompanied by their parents participated in the various events, which included an obstacle course, a basketball clinic, a physical fitness program and other outdoor activities.

Officials and staff from the Kagman Health Center, Immunization Program, Office of Non-Communicable Diseases, Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension and Education Services, and NMC’s Proa Project oversaw the activities.

Each of them has set up kiosks offering different activities and services to children and their parents.

DYS Director Vivian Sablan said the event was the first in a series of activities to be launched by the Parent Leadership Month Committee.

The aim is to go to villages and engage families in interactive activities involving physical fitness.

“So we bring children and their families together, set up different activities, including health screenings to promote health and nutrition,” Sablan said.

“As we know most of the kids have been away from school for a long time, locked up at home and maybe had a little bit to eat here and there. So what we want to do is kind of reverse that and get our kids back to a healthy lifestyle with their family members,” she said.

At Friday’s event, she noted that the children were clearly having fun and were excited to do physical activities they hadn’t done in a while.

But it doesn’t stop there, Sablan said, adding that the plan is to hold the same event in the other villages.

NMC student Jolene Mettao helped organize the event as part of her 640-hour internship.

“Everyone has been indoors a lot throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. So having something outdoors where families and kids can come and have fun and do physical activities together can just encourage people to do physical activities more often,” she said.