YMCA jumps for kids’ health


Jump-In Competition and Healthy Kids Day to take place on April 21

NORTH COUNTY —  Hundreds of elementary school jump ropers from all over San Luis Obispo County will descend upon the Cuesta College gym Saturday, April 21 for the 10th Annual Jump-In Competition. This family-oriented competition will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21. There will be healthy living displays and fun for the whole family. Sponsors for this event include Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Heal SLO and Cuesta College. Attendance is free to the public.
Put on by the San Luis Obispo County YMCA, this competition is two-part, with timed speed jumping and choreographed performances by YMCA after-school program participants. This year, the event incorporates the Y’s Healthy Kids Day, and events will be happening across the nation. All Central Coast families are invited to come learn about the Y’s summer programs, and there will be information stations and activities promoting healthy eating and active living. There will also be some fun giveaways at the event.
For the jump rope portion of the day, local students have been busy practicing and perfecting their jumping skills. Each school site team picks a theme, music and costumes, and choreographs a routine. A panel of local judges will choose the best performances based on skill and creativity. The top three teams will get trophies. All participants will receive medals for their hard work and dedication.
The Jump-In event demonstrates the SLO County YMCA’s motto: “For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility,” and is part of their HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) program. Jumping rope is not only a great activity for kids after school but also an excellent form of exercise. It also encourages children to participate in other forms of exercise besides traditional sports teams. More information about the SLO County YMCA can be found at sloymca.org.

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