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Roll Play reaches beyond the television set to inspire a new generation of movers.

Over the past 20 years, childhood obesity rates have tripled. Experts now estimate that one in four Canadian children is obese or overweight. The blame is often laid on sedentary lifestyle choices like watching television. Television producers are taking notice and introducing shows like the hit Treehouse TV exercise series “Roll Play.” Beginning March 29, the Roll Play experience comes to Clarington Recreation Centres in the form of a weekly fitness class for kids aged 3-6. Titled “Roll Play: Movement Adventure,” the classes combine elements of the award-winning television series, inspiring kids to not only get up and move, but also to create and tell their own stories.  


“By encouraging kids to get-up and play along, we hope they will understand that physical activity can be a fun part of everyday life,” says J.J. Johnson, Creator and Director, Sinking Ship Entertainment.


Set to the original tunes of popular artists such as Platinum Blonde, Keshia Chante and Randy Bachman, kids jump, wiggle and stomp like their favourite characters. Children’s fitness consultant, and program designer, Keri-Ellen Walcer of MusiGo Inc. points out, “This is a unique opportunity for children to really engage their imaginations while keeping fit, it speaks to the whole child”


 “Clarington is such a family oriented community, so it seemed like the perfect place to launch this innovative program before taking it to other communities across Canada.” comments Walcer.


“Roll Play: Movement Adventure” runs at the Newcastle Recreation Complex and Garnet B Rickard Arena beginning March 29, 2010.  Registration begins Wednesday March 3, and can be done on-line at, by phone, in-person at any of the Clarington Recreation Centres, or by using the Eazy Reg. phone in registration system at 905-623-3299.

For further information, please contact:

Keri-Ellen Walcer

MusiGo Inc.

905-419-0389 or 905-410-7975