Staying Fit with the YMCA

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Whether it's running backwards, hopping or doing, what these children call, the Elephant Crawl it's all about these kids getting on their fit to stay fit.

"We get a lot of time in gym, we go to the play ground, get time on the black top. We do play a lot of basketball and we do a lot of relay races," YMCA Member Ella Kaderbeck said.

At the YMCA on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, they are holding a Spring break fun session combining physical activities with creative ones. Their goal is to combat childhood obesity.

"A lot of kids nowadays sit and play video games. They should be getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day," Executive Director of the Delaware Family Branch of the YMCA Nicholas Bond said.

Kaderbeck, 10, has been with the YMCA for years and is a Counselor in Training. She said it is a healthy and fun part of her life.

"It's very nice here and enjoyable," Kaderbeck said.

Mateo Rodriguez is also working to stay healthy and have a little fun while he's at it.

"If we don't play in the gym we might get obese," Rodriguez said.

In order for all the YMCA's across the Western New York area to provide quality programs, it costs money. The group raised more than a half a million dollars in the "Strong Kids Campaign" and every penny benefits the kids.

"Anyone that can't afford YMCA programming we will award assistance based on certain guidelines," Bond said.

For those who need some assistance, getting involved is easy.

"There is an application that anyone can fill out at our website at or stop tat location," Bond said.

As far as this weeks Spring break classes, they are all sold out at the Delaware location but you can call other YMCA's to sign up.