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  • Program promotes health, fitness and discipline

  • A new program in Blue Springs is aiming to teach girls about the consequences of their decisions as well as help them gain insight to health and fitness at the same time.



    “Girls on Fire” is a pilot program for girls ages 12 to 17 that is designed to address wellness, discipline and fitness while also having a law enforcement slant.

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  • A new program in Blue Springs is aiming to teach girls about the consequences of their decisions as well as help them gain insight to health and fitness at the same time.
    “Girls on Fire” is a pilot program for girls ages 12 to 17 that is designed to address wellness, discipline and fitness while also having a law enforcement slant.
    “We want to educate the girls also, about negative consequences to their decisions and how that can follow them forever,” said Officer Terri Klote, of the Blue Springs Youth Outreach Unit. “I hope they complete the program with a positive outlook and knowledge, that with good decision making and hard work they can be anything they want to be in life.”
    Girls are introduced to concepts and healthy practices that will enhance their self esteem through a series of interactive presentations. Guest presenters include female officers from the Blue Springs Police Department, nutritional experts and personal trainers, among others. The girls also have the opportunity to participate in physical activity such as cardio, circuit training and weightlifting. The outreach unit is partnering with Blue Springs Fitness for the program.
    “The owner of the club, Kurt Mueller, and staff has been very accommodating and also very supportive of our endeavor to educate young girls of Blue Springs on the importance of fitness, wellness and discipline,” Klote said. “They provide us with a classroom setting for the educational portion of the camp. Personal trainer Matt Webb has been very helpful showing the girls the proper ways to use the circuit machines and various floor exercises. The older girls in the class have proved to be positive role models for the younger ones – which was my intent.”
    The first session is currently under way and ends Friday. There are two more sessions available, July 22 to 26 and Aug. 5 to 9. Both sessions run 8 a.m. to noon, and classes are limited to 20 girls. In addition, girls can only attend one of the free workshops. Only girls who are residents of Blue Springs or attend the Blue Springs School District are eligible to apply.
    “The response has been great. Summer school was in session for the first camp, so it has limited a few that wanted to be one of the first ones to take the class,” Klote said. “It is my hope that the program will be a success and can possibly be offered during Christmas break and spring break 2014, and, of course, next summer too. To measure our success, the girls will be asked to evaluate the program and offer suggestions for our future workshops.”
    Applications can be obtained at the Blue Springs Community and Youth Outreach Unit, 205 S. 11th St. in Blue Springs. For more information, call 816-228-0178.
     
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