Columbia Association: ThisWeek@CA: September 17, 2012 Weekly Update

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Welcome to the September 17th edition of This Week @ CA
your source for weekly updates on what's happening at the Columbia Association. This week we are at the Columbia Gym, located in the River Hill Village Center. It's also the location of CA's New YouthFit program, we are going to learn a little bit more about that later.
Looking to do something to do this week? Grab your girls and head over to the Columbia Art Center this Friday, September 21 at 6:30pm for this
month's Girls Night Out to Create. Ladies will enjoy painting glass to transform colored
glass bottles into unique decor for your home. If you can't make it this week, don't
worry, there's another Girls Night Out to Create being held in October!
Think you've got what it takes to be this year's Columbia Teen Idol? The round one
auditions for this year's Columbia Teen Idol competition will start this Thursday,
September 20, at 7pm at The Barn. First round auditions will also be held next week. Youth
in grades 6-12 can call 410-992-3726 to register or for more information on additional dates.
The documentary film "Urbanized" is being screened at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, September
18, at the East Columbia 50+ Center. The film looks at issues and strategies behind the
design of cities. Stick around after the screening for a discussion on the future
of cities. To learn more, visit
CA's new Columbia YouthFit program is being held here at Columbia Gym. Let's learn a little bit more about the program from Shawni Paraska.
One out of every 5 children in the US between the ages of 5 and 13 is either overweight or obese. Columbia Association had to do something about this. So we developed Columbia Youth Fit Program. Dr. McKay a pediatrician on Columbia's Medical Advisory Board is going to tell us more about the program. What we've seen in the area of childhood obesity in the last 10 to 20 years or so that there has been a dramatic increase in the rates of obesity amongst children and adolescents. So we have two broad categories of designations, overweight and obese. Fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come by. Soda machines, snack machines and vending machines that our children and kids have access to do not contain foods that are healthy or that are good for them with regards to calorie intake and provision of nutrients. Another problem with the advent of games the gaming industry and movies and television our kids are spending a lot more time in front of screens and a lot less time moving. Food is on the go. Some kids are responsible for getting their own foods. After school snacks are readily available. The kitchen is usually stocked with things that are not healthy. So some of the things that we see as solutions involve, one increasing daily activity on a regular basis. Trying to mandate that schools maintain physical activity, physical education in the schools through high school. To be able to involve kids in community programs that get them to move and get them to be active outside. Columbia Association has now extended their efforts into the youth and adolescents to receive information about diet and exercise and eventually will span the age range but for the initial pilot program will be for the 10 to 13 year old age range. The patients can access the program independently themselves by calling the number on the brochure and or by asking their physician about the program but in general there will be a physician referral process where physicians will send in information to the program have parents contact the program and that method will enable kids to be enrolled in the activities. Each week during the program children and parents are going to start together, their going to learn the theme for the week and then they split apart. The children are going to do quiet activities so that they can understand the theme better but then they are also going to be physically active burn those calories get excited work together. The parents are going to learn from a registered dietitian and a life coach about how to incorporate these important nutrition and changes behavioral changes into their child's daily life. This is a program that is for life and it's a great one. Thank you. For more information please contact Shawni , that's me at 410-715-3128.
Let's take a look at what's coming up next week! CA's annual Dia de la Familia celebration
will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 3-6pm at the Columbia SportsPark. Come on
out to enjoy free music, food and family fun.
Sign up now to participate in the Trail to Sleepy Hollow, a free motivational fitness competition for CA members.
to learn more or to sign up
visit the Package Plan Plus room of any CA fitness facility.
That's it for this week's edition of This Week @ CA! We'll see you next week Columbia!