WarFit bug spreads to Malmstrom YPC
Of course the children are not preparing to fight in the desert, but they are learning lessons in the Home School X-Tra program that start them off on the right road to a long and healthy life, according to base youth officials.


By Senior Airman John Parie, 341st Space Wing Public Affairs
Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2005

  
WarFit bug spreads to Malmstrom YPC
Sarah MacClellan counts the number of push-ups Victoria Bishop does during New Personal Best Day activities at the youth programs center.


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MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. - As the herd rounds the final bend, their hearts are pounding as glistening trails of speckled sweat mark a path and trickle down their faces. As the finish line approaches, they muster the last bit of energy from the depths of their bodies and propel themselves across.

The WarFit bug has spread to the Youth Programs Center.

Of course the children are not preparing to fight in the desert, but they are learning lessons in the Home School X-Tra program that start them off on the right road to a long and healthy life, according to base youth officials.

The program was designed following requests to use the YPC’s gymnasium from base family members that home school their children, said Meghan Roberson, school age program assistant and manager of the Home School X-Tra program.

“We decided to take the requests one step further and designed a fitness program that ties into the Air Forces recent fitness initiative,” she said. “We also incorporated hands-on learning classes that follow each day’s fitness regiment.”

During the fitness portion of the day kids participate in a variety of activities ranging from aerobic games to circuit training.

“The staff also conducts a fitness test called New Personal Best Days similar to the Air Force’s new test,” she said “During the test, the children complete a nine-minute run, 30 seconds of pushups and 60 seconds of sit-ups.”

Since the program’s start in January, the YPC staff has documented a 20 percent improvement rate.

 

Since the program’s start in January, the YPC staff has documented a 20 percent improvement rate.

 

The program is offered three times a week to all home-educated children on base 5 years old and up.

“There are currently more than 40 kids enrolled in the program,” she said. “The parents and kids seem to be very excited from the feedback we have received.”

“This program puts us a step ahead of the fitness requirement for youth centers expected from Air Force Space Command later this year,” she said.

“I think the program is going great,” said Paul Means, YPC director. “The kids are doing a great job and many are noticing weight loss. The cardiovascular and aerobic activities are tools that will last a lifetime.”

And while the last stragglers cross the finish line, the gym floor resembles a distant battle field with tiny soldiers scattered about chugging bottled water.


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