The C-Fit Interview with J Lyn Thomas
Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us! What do you enjoy most about your work with kids and fitness? I love watching students achieve things that they previously did not believe were possible whether it was performing in front of a large audience, working successfully with a group of students, or completing a difficult move or technique.
Why do you think that fitness important? Staying fit is the key to preventing so many health issues that are prevalent today. I was raised very healthy and constantly put into sports and dance. As a result, I now find it easy to keep these elements in my life as an adult. If children are taught that physical activity is fun at a young age, then they will be able to successfully stay fit into their adulthood and delay or avoid so many health complications.
What do like most about C-Fit? I love how C-Fit incorporates current technology with fitness to get the kids involved, interested and hooked. C-Fit offers a variety of fitness options for children and is designed in such a way where kids are guaranteed to find physical activity fun. The biggest way is that it will successfully get kids moving by showing and proving to kids that fitness can be fun.
Why do you think that C-Fit should be used in schools? Too many schools have had to eliminate their P.E. programs and reduce the recess time for their students. As a result, students are spending the vast majority of their days sitting and not being active. C-Fit provides a cost-effective and fun way for teachers to incorporate physical activity that can be completed in the classroom.
What are some ways we can reduce the childhood obesity epidemic? The two main ways are by physical activity and diet. Students must get up and by physical. As a dance instructor I have observed too many children that are easily winded and have extremely low energy levels. Diet is the other piece: too many children live on a high sugar, high carbohydrate, low fiber, and low nutrient diet. It is important that children eat whole fruits and vegetables and limit the amount of processed foods they consume.
As a child, were you fit? If so, what did you like to do? I was very fit as a child. I loved: track, dance, basketball, soccer, volleyball, playing at the playground, rollerblading, ice skating, playing tag, wall ball, tennis, tag football… basically, if it moved, I loved to do it. J
As an adult, how do you stay motivated? I am very passionate about fitness and moving to the point that if I go longer than 24 hours without doing something physical I feel completely “off”. I find it is important to stay tuned to my body so I can gauge what it needs to be healthy.
Do you have any upcoming projects? I do! I have a project that is in its 3rd year called Mesh Arts. I started this program to address the lack of funding available for children in Togo, West Africa to stay in school. I just returned from holding my 3rd annual program and currently sponsor 50 students so that they can afford their school fees, books, and school supplies. For more information about Mesh Arts, you can visit www.indiegogo.com/Youth-Education-Project-In-Togo-1.