August 30, 2006

The Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus is helping to fight childhood obesity with a new program called CircusFit, which aims to include youngsters in the three ring spectacle. Afterschool programs participating in the national youth fitness initiative are urged to encourage clowning around. Kelly James Ballagh, a circus performer, told the San Antonio Express-News, "CircusFit teaches the fundamentals of fitness, with an emphasis on fun."

In addition, circus performers visit schools and community recreation facilities, demonstrating different techniques involved in their acts. The performers show students how to incorporate these skills into their own customized fitness routines.