Get Ready Go aims to teach kids about healthy choices

Michael McKay

Some kids may spend their time after school sitting on the couch watching TV, but one organization is on a mission to get them active.

Get Ready Go, a program from community outreach Light of Chance, teaches kids at various sites, including the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green, about making healthy food choices and different types of exercise.

Eric Logan, president of Light of Chance, said teachings from programs like Get Ready Go are important to help curb childhood obesity.

“We’re trying to expose them to a lot of different types of activity,” Logan said.

Logan said the program is divided into two segments: one about teaching nutrition and wellness, and another  teaching exercise. Each week is themed.

Logan is an Epsilon Rho alumnus of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. In honor of the Greek Week theme, members of KA Psi volunteered to teach step dance and to support Logan.

Step dancing, or stepping, is a style of dance where footwork is more important than body movement.

Louisville senior Kristopher Williams, Vice President of KA Psi, said stepping would make the kids sweat.

“To be precise, you have to be intense with the movements,” Williams said.

Williams and other members of KA Psi taught simple combinations of movements for the kids, first through fourth graders.

Madisonville sophomore Jamey Rice, a volunteer with Get Set Go,volunteers to get the experience of teaching wellness. Rice is studying dietetics at WKU.

“I thought this would help me get moving in the right direction,” Rice said.

Rice said the kids like the exercises.

“We try to mix it up so it is not the same workout each time,” Rice said.

Rice didn’t join in with the kids to learn to step, but did for another workout, Zumba.

“The kids really enjoyed that,” she said. “I think they enjoyed that the best so far.”