Getting exercise while having fun? That's the goal of the 19th semi-annual Fit and Fun Day, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 in the University of Maine at Presque Isle's Gentile Hall. The Physical Education majors welcome kids ages 5 to 11 to participate in the event, which is designed to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles for local children. Free registration begins at 9 a.m., with games and activities to follow.
"This is an event that the UMPI students have been putting on for numerous years and is always a hit with kids around the Aroostook County region. It's a great social opportunity for not only your children but also for you as we will open up the walking track to get everyone in motion!" Dillon Kingsbury, one of the student organizers for the event, said.
Dr. Christine Standefer, UMPI Professor of Physical Education, said the event is great for both elementary and college students.
"The children learn that physical activity isn't just about exercise; it can be lots of fun, too," Standefer said. "It's about playing and just being a kid. This is also a great opportunity for UMPI students to work with school-age children. The more our students get to work directly with children, the better their teaching skills become."
Team games, tag, and cup stacking are just a few of the activities that are on the agenda for the day. As in past years, the pool and rock wall will be open from Noon to 1 p.m. (supervision provided), so those interested in using the facilities should plan to bring swim attire and a towel. Parents need to sign a release form in order for their children to use the swimming pool and rock wall. Forms will be provided during registration.
Aspiring Athletic Trainers will be on hand for "Boo Boo Patrol" as well as to make sure everyone is both safe and well hydrated throughout the activities.
"This day is always a blast so if you have children in the K-6 age groups, then we would absolutely love to have you join us," Kingsbury said.