Local recreation center gets kids up and active

The camps provided at Pepper Geddings are aimed at teaching kids the importance of staying active. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)
The camps provided at Pepper Geddings are aimed at teaching kids the importance of staying active. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)
Instructors say the majority of these students do go on to get involved in extra curricular activities at school. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)
Instructors say the majority of these students do go on to get involved in extra curricular activities at school. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Children often spend too much time in front of the TV or using cell phones. A local program aimed at helping kids puts technology aside and encourages kids to get moving.

At the Pepper Geddings Recreation Center more than 130 kids are participating in the 6th Annual Kids Triathlon.

It's these kind of events organizers hope will pull kids away from all screens they have at home.

Anna Hussey, a student said, "I like playing sports better than I like playing on an iPad."

Saturday, kids started off in the swimming pool, then jump on their bikes to cycle around the block and run to the finish line.

Fitness instructors at Pepper Geddings said the key to getting kids like Anna to stay active is to keep it entertaining.

Hussey explained, "Outdoors is a lot more fun than just playing on your game."

If you want that reaction from your kids, the first step starts with you at home.

Jilla Berenji, a local parent added, "I want him to be out to do more than just sitting home and playing game."

Second, keep it fun. If your child doesn't look like they're enjoying the activity, move onto something else.

Last, keep it short. Keep the activity down to just a couple of minutes. If your child wants to play longer, they will let you know.

Seeing kids fall in love with an activity is what it's all about for one fitness instructor.

Linda Hopkinson, a fitness instructor at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center said, "It's amazing! They come in thinking I'd never be able to swim that many laps, never in a million years and over practice and over confidence they do and it's so exciting to see them get through every single thing and get across that finish line."

The staff at the triathlon said it's important to train safely.

Hopkinson explained, "We teach them that if they get thirsty it's actually too late, they don't ever want get thirsty. They want to hydrate before that happens."

The camps provided at Pepper Geddings are aimed at teaching kids the importance of staying active. Instructors say the majority of these students do go on to get involved in extra curricular activities at school.

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