More than 250 Youth Attend Ives Health & Fitness Boot Camp

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.