We know that we have a problem with overweight children in the United States. There has been numerous studies done on childhood obesity and the results are typically the same. Too many calories taken in and not enough activity to burn off all those calories. 4 years ago, a group of roller rink owners decided to take up the challenge and formed KidsSkateFree.com to help parents have a free way to engage their children in a fun activity that burns up to 600 calories per hour. Parents can sign up for free on the website for their local participating roller rink. with 157 rinks nationwide, it’s a good chance there’s one within driving distance. Participating roller rinks will send out 2 free skating passes for each child every week, all year round via email to every registered parent.
Orbit Skate Center in Palatine Illinois has over 8,400 children registered since the beginning of the program. We send out 16,800 passes a week! Now for the part we don’t understand…why aren’t more parents taking their children skating to join in the fight against childhood obesity? Check out our redeem rates for the last couple weeks, when the kids were out of school keeping in mind we sent out 16,800 free passes each of these weeks:
Not exactly a great redemption rate considering the number of FREE skating passes that are sent out each week.
Roller skating is twice as safe as bicycling, uses 80% of the bodies muscles, is endorsed by the President’s Council on Fitness and the American Heart Association. This is an amazing program for parents who wish to keep their children healthy and fit. We believe that if children go roller skating twice a week, they won’t have to worry about being overweight and out of shape. The children that participate in roller skating every week have slimmed down and toned up – a wonderful thing to watch.
We would love to get your feedback as parents as to why more of you aren’t using this program to help your children stay in optimum health. Leave a comment below and we will share them with the KidsSkateFree.com founders. If you haven’t signed your children up for this amazing program, register here and start getting your free passes each week from Orbit Skate Center!