Local kids will unknowingly be getting exercise while taking part in fun activities during the 9th semi-annual Fit and Fun Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 in Gentile Hall. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Physical Education Majors Club.The Club has organized the free play day for area children in grades 1-5 for the past four years to teach them about health and fitness in a fun environment. Activities may include a wide range of activities, from cup stacking, rhythm activities, and parachute games to juggling, and ball handling games, and improving motor skill techniques through activities such as throwing with rubber chickens, frogs, and turtles.
The multipurpose court in Gentile Hall will be set up for the various activities. Children will spend about 20 to 30 minutes at an activity station before moving on to another game. UMPI physical education and athletic training students will facilitate the activities and help children throughout the day.
Dr. Chris Standefer, Professor of Physical Education, said the event provides wonderful benefits both to college and elementary students.
"The biggest benefit is that kids can do fun activities and realize that fitness isn't just about exercise. It's also about playing and just being a kid," she said. "And our university students get the opportunity to work with school-age children. Anytime I can get my students working with kids, it makes their teaching skills stronger."
Participants should bring their own snacks for this event. For more information, call Dr. Chris Standefer at 768-9457.