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Summit County: ‘Move to Improve’ program inspires youngest among us

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While most of the country is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, Summit County strives to maintain one of the fittest populations in the nation. Even children as young as 18 months can receive the training they need to build a foundation of strength, balance, endurance, confidence and coordination that can last throughout their lifetime.

Thanks to a grant from The Summit Foundation, Early Childhood Options is now sponsoring the Move to Improve program, for our county’s youngest residents. As coordinator and primary instructor for the program it will be my pleasure to share information and steps you can take as a loving parent, provider, teacher, grandparent or sibling to give your children vital steps toward achieving optimal health and performance standards.

Research indicates that birth to 5 is the ideal time to establish positive attitudes about their physical capabilities and building the skills that make them capable. Anyone who has achieved fame and fortune as a great athlete or performer began establishing their attitudes and skills as young as age 2.

The first step to building a strong physical framework in your children is to encourage them to crawl and roll as often as possible. Crawling on their hands and knees and hands and feet will build a foundation of strength in the core muscles of the shoulders and hips. Rolling on their backs establishes basic neurological connections that will begin developing finely tuned coordination. Encourage your children to crawl and roll as often as you can this week, and next week I will share another idea to keep your children moving so they will keep improving!

Scott Liebler is the founder of the Hearts Education Foundation and creator of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Early Childhood Options and funded by The Summit Foundation. For more information on this program, call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail

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