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Skating Rink Making Strides in Fight Againt Childhood Obesity

Kids skate for free at Manassas' Skate N Fun Zone.

School is out for the summer and with the higher-than-normal temperatures this year kids could be spending a lot of time indoors on the computer or couch. But with childhood obesity at an all time high in the United States, one local company is hoping to get the kids active in the fight against childhood obesity by offering a free kids skate program.

Skate N Fun Zone, the local skating rink on Sudely Road, has teamed up with KidsSkateFree.com in an effort to offer all children a chance to get active in the fight against obesity.

KidsSkateFree.com offers a program where children who are under the age of 12 can receive two free admissions passes a week to the skating rink of their choice, according to a press release issued by Skate N Fun Zone.

The program encourages parents to sign up.

Studies have shown that roller skating can burn from 300-600 calories per hour and provides an entire body workout.

"The childhood obesity rates has nearly tripled in the last 40 years and this is one of the main reasons why Skate N Fun Zone has teamed up with the Kids Skate Free Program," reads the release. "Roller skating provides a fun and rewarding way to keep children fit and active."

"When we first heard about Kids Skate Free, we jumped on the chance to be involved with such an great organization,” said Owner of Skate N Fun Zone Victoria Tharp. "We understand how important it is to keep our children fit and active even in the tough economic times." 

More information:

Skate N Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road in Manassas, VA. Skate N Fun Zone offers a variety of different skate sessions as well as laser tag, arcade games and is available for private functions or birthday parties as well. For more information on the different skating sessions please visit www.skatenfunzone.com.

Darliene Howell July 29, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I would like to recommend the free NAAFA Child Advocacy ToolkitSM (CATK) and other written guidelines/resources to assist you looking at programs. The total health of our nation's children is a serious responsibility. The NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit shows how Health At Every Size® takes the focus off weight and directs it to healthful eating and enjoyable movement. It addresses the bullying, building positive self-image and eliminating stigmatization of large children. Additionally, the CATK lists resources available to parents and educators or caregivers for educational materials, curriculum and programming that is beneficial for all children. It can be found at: http://issuu.com/naafa/docs/naafa_childadvocacy2011combined_v04?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed It is my hope that you will take this opportunity to look at the information held in the CATK and keep what is included in mind when making decisions regarding the children in your charge.

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