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YMCA has physical education program geared specifically towards the homeschooled

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:11:01 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 10 2013 12:07:46 AM EDT

Parents say it's good for the body and mind

SALEM, Va. -

Right now, physical education is a part of the curriculum if you send your children to public schools.

But what about students who are homeschooled?

Families who homeschool make an extra effort to keep students fit.

Families like the Sheltons.

Jill is the mom and teacher. Chloe, Abby and Daniel her children and students.

"I've been homeschooling for seven years," Jill Shelton said.

Without the luxury of a gym, a gym teacher or equipment, Shelton shells out $45 per month to send her kids to the Salem YMCA.

"We are excited to get moving. Yeah, we seem to spend a lot of time sitting on the computer and doing school work," said Jill Shelton.

At most of its locations in the Roanoke Valley, the Y has physical education programs geared specifically for homeschooled kids.

The program is around five years old and we're told it's popular among the homeschooled community.

"The parents really love to have their children active, they tell me they love when they come out of the room, they're out of breath, their faces are red, they're laughing. That's what the parents really like," said Salem YMCA Wellness Coordinator Sara Hupp.

Parents say while the physical benefits of doing programs like these are good. The social benefits are also an added bonus.

"It's exciting to be with other homeschoolers and meet new kids every week," said Jill.

Shelton has her kids involved in many activities outside of the Y, but she says the two hours a week and the little bit of sweat is well worth the investment.