Northern Dutchess Hospital gets kids moving with Fun Food Fitness fall program

Rhinebeck, N.Y. – Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer its exclusive and popular healthy lifestyles program Fun-Food-Fitness for children age 8-13 again this fall on its scenic campus.

Children and their caregivers will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. once a week for five consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 2. Classes will be held in the cafeteria conference room and in the Wellness Center at the hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave.

Activities will include: a kids cooking adventure, Zumba dance party, yoga and karate. Also, nutrition and fitness whizzes such as an Ironman triathlete and a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef will give interactive presentations.

During “Parent Talk” sessions, caregivers will hear from Mid Hudson Medical Group pediatrician Barbara Levine and Northern Dutchess Hospital staff, such as a nutritionist and exercise specialist.

“This five-week program will instill healthy nutrition and exercise values in children that will last a lifetime,” said Roufia Payman, supervisor of Outpatient Nutrition Education at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

“We will get your kids off the couch, away from video games and on a path to a healthier lifestyle,” said Amy Tourge, supervisor of the Wellness Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital

The cost is $25 per child. The class size is limited to 10 children and will fill up quickly. For information or to register, call NDH’s Nutrition Office at 845-871-3600.

Activities and topics include:
Oct. 2 – Welcome and overview: NDH food and nutrition expert Roufia Payman and top-ranking Ironman triathlete Michael Halstead will offer inspiration to get healthy and moving. Smoothies served.
Oct. 9 – Yoga for kids: Build strength and confidence with NDH Dr. Elizabeth Levine, who is also a registered yoga teacher at Satya Yoga Center.
Oct. 16 – Dance Party with Zumba Kids instructor Oksana Melnikova. Parent Talk with Mid Hudson Medical Group pediatrician Barbara Payne.
Oct. 23 – Karate Kids: Learn self-defense, boost self-esteem by John Perusse of Perusse Soo Bahk Do martial arts in Kingston.
Oct. 30 – Kids Cooking Adventures: Make nutrient-rich yummy pizzas and kale chips with Payman and CIA-trained chef Jeff Peterson.