Once a West Point graduate, an Army drill team instructor, then a wife and mom, and now a state lawmaker, State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) doesn't shy away from challenges. Friday, she challenged youngsters to higher levels of fitness and health during her Third Annual Kids' Health & Fitness Boot Camp at Cantigny Park in her home district.

This year, a record 250 children participated.

"I love putting on this event for my district," Ives said. "It's something I started doing just as a mom. Having been in the military, I knew my kids loved fitness and they loved to do it in a fun and exciting way. So we came out to Cantigny to build this bigger event about kid's health and fitness, which we hope to grow every year."

At Ives’ Fitness and Health Boot Camp, recruits participated in a variety of health and fitness events, including:
  • Completing an Obstacle Course by FTX Crossfit
  • Scaling a Climbing Wall
  • Participating in a Fitness Test administered by the Army National Guard
  • Completing a 1-Mile Run Led by Representative Ives
  • Taking part in a scavenger hunt 
  • Jazzing with an aerobic dance
  • Chowing down on healthy snacks from Chick Fil-A
Rep. Ives' Boot Camp was free and open to all who wished to attend.
More than 600 children attended Ives' 2014 Health & Fitness
Boot Camp at Cantigney Park in Wheaton.
Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) invites families with children ages 7-12 to participate in her third annual Kids’ Health & Fitness Boot Camp, which will be held this week on Friday, August 14 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

The free camp will take place from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and the park is located at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and a registration form must be completed upon arrival at the camp.

“It is very important that children establish a routine that includes regular exercise at a young age,” said Ives. “Setting these good habits early often leads to healthy habits that extend into adulthood.”

Participants will take part in a variety of fun, physical activities, including an FTX Crossfit obstacle course, a climbing wall, a National Guard fitness test, a scavenger hunt, a one-mile challenge run through the park and aerobics with music. There will also be healthy snacks and prizes available for participants.

“This event seems to grow in popularity every summer, and I’m expecting a great turnout on Friday,” Ives said. “I hope families from all over the 42nd legislative district come out for this fun fitness event.”

For additional information about the Health & Fitness Boot Camp, place contact Rep. Ives’ office at 630-384-1108.