Clifton Park starts program to keep kids active

The programs at the Commons will be tailored to running events, with distance goals depending on age. At the more rugged locations, participants will hike, once again separated into age groups. At the conclusion of each event, children will receive a healthy snack like an apple or granola bar. Water will be made available.

At the final session at Clifton Common, races will be held and awards will be handed out.

Councilman Scott Hughes, the Town Board liaison to the recreation department, said that Fitness Counts is a good opportunity to get use out of the town's nature parks and introduce kids to areas of the town they might not have seen before.

"Because we do have a wealth of parks around town, we have the ability to go to different locations," Hughes said. "It's an opportunity for the kids to enjoy nature and get outside."

Though the program does not focus on formal instruction in healthy eating or lifestyle choices, instilling the idea that physical activity is the norm early in life is an important lesson, Hughes said.

"It's always been our belief that it's never too early to try to promote positive habits, whether it's healthy living, exercise or good nutrition," Hughes said. "We hope in some small way that by offering programs like this it can reinforce the health benefits of exercise."

The program is limited to 100 children, and space is more than half gone already, said Fraser. Due to the popularity, only Clifton Park residents may participate. To inquire about or register for the program, call the Parks and Rec office at 371-6667.""

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