When Downunder closed recently, Karen Jewell was out of a job.
The former manager/kayak instructor soon began giving kayak and paddleboard lessons, rentals and tours out of nearby Bridgebrook Marina.
But the season ends soon. Karen needed another gig.
With her 30-year background in physical education — including certification as a speed and agility coach, core instructor and fitness trainer, plus her experience playing and coaching a variety of sports — and her passion for working with young kids, KJ’s Fitness for Kids Magazine seemed a natural “fit.”
The free online site is now live.
Aimed at 4- to 10-year-olds — “an overlooked group,” Karen says — it’s filled with content for athletes and non-athletes alike. Her goal is to provide information about movement and activities in a fun, engaging way.
KJ’s Magazine covers nutrition, education (what biceps and quads actually do), fun facts (how jump ropes began), and a daily fitness challenge (youngsters earn points, leading to prizes like t-shirts).
There’s a page for parents, teachers and coaches too.
Karen created the site entirely herself. She’s getting the word out through social media, networking and flyers.
Right now it’s local in scope. But she has visions of expanding far beyond this area.
Maybe even Down Under.