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Village Health Clubs and Spas Train Kids to Be Triathletes

Village IronKids instills a healthy lifestyle at an early age

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Village Health Clubs and Spas are helping parents and children to make physical activity a part of a child's life. The newest and most fun program for kids is the six week triathlon program, called Village IronKids, which prepares kids ages 7-10 to compete in the IronKids Triathlon in Tempe, AZ on November 18. Each week, the group will get together and focus on fun, easy to do activities such as swimming, biking to the park, taking a short run at the park, and riding their bikes back to the Club. The training program will help kids focus their physical activities on a goal; finishing the race with other kids and having fun doing it.

"We have an adult Village Tri team, and many of the parents on the Tri team expressed interest in having the same thing for their children", says Abby Forsberg, triathlon coordinator for Village Health Clubs. "The Village IronKids program helps children with their physical abilities, as well as their mental and social skills. Training for a triathlon instills a physical lifestyle at an early age, which has become very important in today's sedentary video-playing younger set."

According to the Department of Nutrition Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic, one out of every five children in the US is overweight, and this number is continuing to grow. Overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness and low self-esteem.

For more information on Village IronKids Triathlon Club, contact Abby Forsberg at

About IronKids Triathlon:

The SaraLee IronKids Triathlon consists of 100 meter swim, 3.1 mile bike ride, and a .6 mile run for kids age 7-10. For kids aged 11-14 the triathlon consists of a 200 meter swim, 6.2 mile bike ride and a 1.2 mile run. For more information on the race, go to

About Village Health Clubs and Spas:

Village Health Clubs and Spas are owned and operated by DMB Sports Clubs and operate as high-end, family-oriented health clubs and spas in the Phoenix metropolitan areas. Beginning as Metro Sport and Health Club in 1976, Village Health Clubs & Spas has grown to four clubs around the Phoenix area; Camelback Village, Arcadia; DC Ranch Village, North Scottsdale; Gainey Village, Scottsdale; & Verrado Village, Buckeye, and provide upscale fitness alternatives for a growing consumer demand.

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