RailRiders Launch New Fit Track Program For Students

RailRiders Launch New Fit Track Program For Students

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders launched a new program Wednesday aimed at helping school students make healthy choices.
It may be the off-season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders but team officials aren't taking time off.

They have just launched a new program with the goal of helping local students make healthy choices.

The team launched its new "Fit Track" program Wednesday afternoon at Riverside Elementary West School in Taylor.

Team members brought two of the teams mascots and got students excited about the program.

When asked it if he thinks staying healthy is important, second grader Dominick DeAngelo said its because, "so you can exercise and you become strong and healthy."

With some students getting gym class only once a week, the goal of the program is to get them moving outside of school.

"These are habits that we need to really form early and being that we are a professional sports team, our baseball players have to be active all the time," community relations manager Rachel Mark said.

Besides getting kids to be active 60 minutes each day, kids will also be encouraged to make healthy food choices and get enough sleep.

Student Lillie Pon says she tries to be as active as she can.

"I play basketball, softball, cheerleading," Pon said.

Each student walked away with a jump rope and if kids follow the new "Fit Track" program they'll be able to get free RailRiders tickets and even pre-game recognition.

"They're going to work their way down a railroad track by accomplishing different fitness goals, eating healthy and getting enough sleep at night," Mark said.

The RailRiders are still looking for schools that want to be a part of the new program. It is open to kids in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

For more information on the program, call Rachel Mark at 570-969-2255 ext 3140 or rmark@swbrailriders.com

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