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Groups underscore importance of steady physical activity for kids

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MILO and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association have launched the National Kids Athletics Games Online to underscore the importance of children having a steady amount of physical activity even at home during this time of the pandemic.

GIVEN where they are at this stage of their development and how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the mode of learning, children — more than ever — need to have a steady amount of physical activity even just at home.

This is what Milo and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) are trying to address as they launched the National Kids Athletics Games Online.

A two-wave online competition for kids up to 14 years old, the online tournament series aims to help parents keep their kids active and healthy at home by giving them more opportunities to grow holistically and a chance to connect with other like-minded kids.

For the competition, the task involves recording themselves completing a series of fundamental run, throw, and jump exercises within a specified time limit. They then have to submit it to PATAFA after.

To help the children and parents in executing the moves, demo videos will be made available.

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National team members and Southeast Asian Games gold medallists like Aries Toledo (decathlon), Willie Morrison (shot put), Kristina Knott (sprint), and Christine Hallasgo (marathon) will be featured in said videos.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with PATAFA … as we explore other creative outlets to help kids get active and healthy at home,” said Nestlé Philippines Assistant Vice President and MILO Sports Manager Lester Castillo in a statement.

Those who emerge champions in various age groups in the online tournament will earn a spot in the Kids Athletics National Games next year.

Registration for the National Kids Athletics Games Online is ongoing and is free.

For more details, visit the PATAFA website at www.philathletics.org. — MASM

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