Focusing on Active Kids – The Motivate Youth Program


Hometown Health shares Renown Health’s mission of making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities it serves. Hometown Health’s Wellness Team knows it is important to encourage everyone to focus on their health and wellness, especially kids.

What is Motivate Youth?

Motivate Youth is an eight-week summer fitness program for kids ages 8 through 18. Now, in it’s third year, the goal of Motivate Youth continues to be getting kids and parents excited about their health and wellness.

Each year, Motivate Youth partners with a local Boys & Girls Club and community sponsors to make the program possible. “My favorite part of Motivate Youth is seeing the community come together to support these kids and help provide them opportunities to engage in healthy activities,” says Jules Ackerson, Wellness Coordinator with Hometown Health.

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A Virtual Motivate Youth

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Motivate Youth is adjusting most of its programs to online. Kids and parents can now tune in twice a week to virtual meetings covering different wellness topics. These include a cooking demo on making healthy meals and snacks or stretching before and after exercising.

Ian Garcia, a Wellness Coordinator at Hometown Health, enjoys putting together the program. He says “The best part is seeing the kids get excited about exercising and also bragging about the healthy activities they’ve done.

“Hometown Health is a great provider to the community,” says Jackie, a Boys & Girls Club Coordinator. “They’re out there doing their thing from the youngest kiddos to our oldest community members.”

Thank you to this year’s Motivate Youth partners: Alyssa Pokorski from “Creative Sparks” Dance, Mimi Strickler from UFC Gym Reno, Joel Cochran from Ikon Fitness, Josh LaGrone from Strength Society, Elise Compston, RD from Straight Outta Compston Kitchen, Jo Harvey from Freestyle Martial Arts, Dustin Barbagelata, Korine Viehweg, Chef Tim Meevasin and Reno Running Company.

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