Fit for Life

Children that thaw out with snow fun can win prizes in FREE contest

FILE: Bailee Cramer, from Schuylkill Haven, Pa., rides her sleigh down the hill at the Schuylkill Haven High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. A weekend storm blanketed Pennsylvania in the first significant snow of the season Saturday. (AP Photo/The Republican-Herald, David McKeown)

FILE: Bailee Cramer, from Schuylkill Haven, Pa., rides her sleigh down the hill at the Schuylkill Haven High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. A weekend storm blanketed Pennsylvania in the first significant snow of the season Saturday. (AP Photo/The Republican-Herald, David McKeown)

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

“Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let’s go and play.” These lyrics are from the very popular Disney movie “Frozen” and perfect words to sing after the Philadelphia region experienced heavy snowfall.

Children that spend a snow day being physically active can enter the free Fit Kids for Life Contest. Contest winners get their photo published in The Mercury newspaper, a $20 Schuylkill Valley Sports gift card (Coventry Mall location) and a free T-shirt. Up to three kids can win each contest.

Fit Kids for Life winners

Fit Kids for Life winners

The contest is absolutely free to enter and winners are announced every few weeks. It’s easy for parents to enter their children. They just have to email a photo of their kid doing an activity to mercfitkids@gmial.com with the child’s first name and age. Photos can also be posted on the Fit for Life Facebook with the same information. To submit photos on Facebook, the user must first like the Fit for Life page.

The photo possibilities are endless. It just has to show a child being active during a snow day. Before this weekend, the winter had been pretty mild with hardly any snow. Now children can go outside to make snowballs, build a snowman or even go sledding. The fitness activities that can be done in the snow are numerous. Children can also show how they’re staying warm and active indoors; maybe by dancing or doing chores. . As long as the photo displays fitness then it counts. For a photo gallery of all the Fit Kids for Life entries received so far, CLICK HERE.

Only one submitted photo is allowed per child each contest. Photos emailed without the necessary information (first name and age) won’t be included in the contest.

John Strickler - File Mercury Photo Snow boarders also enjoy the runs at Spring Mountain Adventures catching some air off of a jump.

John Strickler – File Mercury Photo
Snow boarders also enjoy the runs at Spring Mountain Adventures catching some air off of a jump.

The deadline to submit photos is noon Wednesday, Feb. 3. The next contest winners will be announced Friday, Feb. 5, on the Fit for Life Facebook.

Each contest usually has a different activity theme such as sports activities, group activities and fitness on wheels such as bicycling. Parents who snap a photo of their child doing the contest’s specific activity, can then enter the photo. Parents can find out each activity theme by visiting the Fit for Life FacebookFit for Life website and the Fit for Life Twitter@MercFit4Life.

There can be up to three winners every contest because there are three age divisions. The categories are 2 to 6 years old, 7 to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old.

After photos are submitted, they will be put into a Facebook photo album on Wednesday, Feb. 3, where voters can LIKE their favorite kid fitness photo. The album will be on the Fit for Life Facebook.

Voting for the contest will start 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, and end noon Friday, Feb. 5. After winners are announced on Friday, the next activity theme will also be announced.

Fit Kids 3

For a full list of the contest rules and guidelines CLICK HERE or email Michilea Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com for questions.

 

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