Boys learn about healthy lifestyles

Elias Roman instructs boys doing squats in Selinsgrove,.

SELINSGROVE — Twenty-five boys are being put through their paces twice a week as they learn healthy behaviors.

Selinsgrove Strong, a seven-week wellness program for boys in grades 2 through 8, is sponsored by Selinsgrove Recreational Programs in partnership with CrossFit Decerto and offered free of charge.

“The kids go through strength, endurance and agility exercises and receive nutritional tips,” borough recreation coordinator Jessie Runkle said, “We want kids to see the benefits to being healthy and working out.”

The program was created out of concern about the sedentary behaviors among youngsters.

“One in five kids is obese. It used to be one in 25,” Runkle said.

The wellness program is held for an hour a day every Monday and Wednesday at CrossFit Decerto, 600 S. High St., and is overseen by instructors Chad Sickora, Elias Roman, Angela Brown and Rachel Norbuts, who follow the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

At the end of the program, participants will be encouraged to sign up for the Running of the Elves 5K in Lewisburg on Dec. 13.

Anna Cecco said her son, 11-year-old Dominic, already has signed up for the run and she may join him.

In fact, she said, Dominic’s involvement in the wellness program is not only encouraging him to stay fit, but getting the whole family involved.

“We’re going to start working out with him,” Cecco said.

Runkle has plans to offer the program again in early 2015 and is looking for more fitness partners to work with.

The borough recreation committee offers other programs at the Selinsgrove Borough Building to people of all ages, including yoga classes, which will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Dec. 2-16 at a cost of $30 or $25 if the person registers before Nov. 25. Drop-ins pay $12 per class. Painting classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at a cost of $30, and a free cookie exchange will be held Dec. 15 beginning at 5:15 p.m.

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