New England Aquarium Gets Creative: Seals to Teach Exercise to Kids
LUXies, the New England Aquarium has created a new program titled: ‘Move It!’ that features five northern fur seals doing ‘seal aerobics’ aimed to encourage children to be more active!!
The program is aimed at reducing the number of children affected by obesity in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 32% of American kids ages 2 through 19, are overweight, including 17% who are considered obese. This growing statistic encouraged the New England Aquarium to start thinking outside the box, which they did with this new ‘Move It!’ program.
“Those marine animals will do things that are jaw-dropping at times,” said Tony LaCasse, an aquarium spokesman. “We wanted kids to be inspired by them.”
The ‘seal’ fitness coaches will demonstrate their athleticism by doing flips, twists, running on their flippers, darting like missiles between and through rock obstacle water courses, and not to mention, leap out of the water!! Simply adorable!!
What a concept!&bbsp; To use animals as inspiration and fitness instructors for kids!! I don’t know about you, but I feel inspired to take a jog just writing this!!
The program just opened yesterday, July 1st, at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center in Boston. Be sure to go see these amazing ‘seal aerobics’ for yourself and the family!!