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Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets
Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

 A new tool meant to get kids going arrives on four wheels.

The Madison School & Community Recreation department’s FIT2GO Van carries with it activities like hula hoops, a large-scale building block set, ball-tunneling game and more. MSCR, a branch under the Madison Metropolitan School District, offers many recreation programs for all ages.

The van was out Friday afternoon at Leopold Elementary, getting kids moving and having fun.

Kids jumped through hula hoops, built with large-scale blocks and made a ball tunnel course at the launch celebration from 1:30 p.m. on the Leopold playground on Post Road.

MSCR Executive Director Lucy Chaffin said the FIT2GO van takes fitness and movement to neighborhoods in Madison that need a more active approach to youth programming.

“MSCR sees the FIT2GO van as an excellent tool in fighting the national obesity crisis and getting kids in Madison more active”, Chaffin said.

FIT2GO’s fitness program targeted to youth in the Summer Recreation & Enrichment programs offered at eight MMSD elementary sites in conjunction with MMSD summer school programs. Program representatives said FIT2GO staff will work with over 2,500 children in the summer program alone.

The FIT2GO van has also provided fitness programming at local event like Madison’s Ride the Drive and the Eat.Play.Bike event at Villager Mall.

The van will be featured at the upcoming Wisconsin PBS Kids “Get Up and GO!” event on Aug. 2 at the Kohl Center Plaza plus other planned local appearances throughout August.

Organizers said the FIT2GO van was made possible through additional funding from Madison Metropolitan School District, Friends of MSCR and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition.

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