As a community nonprofit organization whose three pillars are Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the Summit Area YMCA has provided a variety of online activities for kids and families to support the health and well-being of the community. From virtual workouts to activities for youth and teens, to low impact exercises, wellness tips and brain stimulating activities for seniors, there are a number of fun and helpful resources available to all from the Y. The newest innovation from the Y movement includes 12Bursts, an online website with activities to get kids moving and thinking!

Every day, the 12Bursts website has a Daily Dozen that includes 12 new 5-minute activities. Everything can be done for free at home and keeps families having fun with 12Bursts. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Activities like Zoo & You asks each player to become their favorite animal. In High Knees, participants run or walk with high knees to the count of 10.

“Due to COVID-19 we know families are spending a lot more time at home, where it becomes more difficult to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity,” said Paul Kieltyka, President & CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. “We saw a need for kid’s activities that could be accessed from anywhere, which hopefully helps ease the burden of our parents and our community. For over a hundred years, the Y has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of our community. We’re excited to offer something that is kid-approved and adult-friendly.”

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12Bursts is designed to help kids and families engage with the YMCA virtually from the comfort of home. More than a four dozen “bursts” are already available, with more to be released in the coming weeks.

Learn more about 12Bursts at 12bursts.org.

For more resources during this time of uncertainty, visit the Summit Area YMCA's community Virtual Resources page at www.thesay.org/at-home for materials, activities and resources for virtual workouts,