Safety and fitness classes for kids starting at hospital | Health News

February 28, 2019 - Comment

CONWAY — Safety and fitness are major components of children’s health and wellness, according to Heather Phillips, coordinator of Memorial Hospital’s population health programs. Toward the end of encouraging health in our kids, the hospital is offering two new health classes geared toward kids in March. Kids & Teens S.A.F.E. classes will begin Saturday, March


CONWAY — Safety and fitness are major components of children’s health and wellness, according to Heather Phillips, coordinator of Memorial Hospital’s population health programs. Toward the end of encouraging health in our kids, the hospital is offering two new health classes geared toward kids in March.

Kids & Teens S.A.F.E. classes will begin Saturday, March 9; the S.A.F.E. acronym stands for Self-Defense, Anti-Bullying, Fitness and Education. The class will include safety education, full body exercise, an introduction to boxing and kickboxing and demonstrations by members of Conway Boxing Club. Phillips thanked the Red Men Penacook Tribe No. 116 for their sponsorship of the S.A.F.E. Program.

Elwood McLlarky, owner and coach at the Conway Boxing Club and Rockin’ Fitness businesses, will instruct the program with the assistance of other area coaches including Lynn Boyle and Jason Sanderson. “The goal of the program,” says McLlarky, “is to get kids active and aware of their surroundings and to help them build confidence and increase their personal safety.”

“Everything we will do in the class will be based on the five core rules of the S.A.F.E. program that encourage children to be safe, be healthy, use good manners, do their best and be happy. We include skits that help kids identify bullying in their personal circles, and encourage them to talk about their experiences. The skits and related education include strategies to help kids stay safe, become confident and be strong, but also to recognize that it’s not OK to become the bully in the process of defending oneself.”

This class is being offered at 11:30 a.m. for six Saturdays for girls and boys of all ages and abilities. The class will be modified and appropriately grouped by age.

FitKids Strength and Conditioning is a class that will begin at Memorial Hospital on March 12.

Taught by Carl Iacozili, the class will include total body exercises geared to provide kids with overall fitness, strength, mobility, stretch and conditioning specifically focused on injury prevention.

Iacozili has a passion for fitness and athletics and seeks to pass that passion on to others, especially kids. “In addition to helping kids become fit and avoid injuries, I want to help create a courageous and health-conscious younger generation who will always seek to be the best that they can be.”

Iacozili is a certified physical therapist from ACE Fitness and focuses on sports training and injury prevention and recovery for athletes of all levels. Having coached high school mountain biking, football and gymnastics and being a Level 100 USSA alpine skiing coach for Cranmore Race Team, Iacozili has worked with both kids and adults in many different situations.

FitKids Strength & Conditioning for Injury Prevention classes are open to youth of all abilities aged 10-13. They will be held at 4 p.m. for five Tuesdays beginning March 12.

Both the S.A.F.E. and FitKids classes will be held in the North Conway Community Room on the second floor of the Outpatient Physical Therapy Building. Parking and entrance is behind the building. Pre-registration is available at bit.ly/commhealthclass. For more information, call Phillips at (603) 356-5461, Ext. 2187.



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