There are so many benefits to exercise and being fit.

That’s especially with children in a day when childhood obesity is a big problem, not only in Enid but around the state and country.

Denny Price Family YMCA is doing its part to help in the fight against childhood obesity and could use your help.

The Y recently launched its annual fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $200,000 by March 7. The breakdown for the money will be $150,000 for youth development accounts; $30,000 for healthy living; $20,000 for social responsibility.

Last year, 4,500 individuals and families were able to use the Y at no charge, and more than 1,500 teenagers received memberships thanks to the generosity of the people of Enid. The scholarships provided give children and adults access to the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at the Y.

This year, Denny Price Family YMCA will launch another new program — Healthy Weight and Your Child — geared toward combating childhood obesity and encouraging healthful exercise and dietary habits in kids.

Without your help, many children in the community would not be able to take advantage of the Y’s programs, including youth sports that can make them more physically fit and healthier.

And, it’s not just children benefitting from your giving.

The Y also offers LiveStrong, a fitness class for cancer survivors offered free of charge.

There are many other programs as well that can help adults get in better shape.

To help out, you can contact Denny Price Family YMCA to make a donation. The Y is located at 415 W. Cherokee, and the phone number is (580) 237-4645.

The Y is open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Your donation doesn’t have to be huge, but it will have huge benefits for people who otherwise might not be able to join the Y.

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