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    A studio dealing  with holistic health management for kids opens in the city.

    At a time when children get caught up in the fitness game early —with parents micromanaging what they eat and how active they are—a new fitness and nutrition studio promises to help out. The transformation of a rundown godown into a swanky 2,000 sq ft centre with brightly-coloured walls and cartoon art is just part of the draw at Manisha Lohia’s newly-opened iSpark Kids Fitness Studio. Situated in Gopalapuram, it has a children’s gym (with equipment from the US), a silent room for meditation, an open space with a projector for movie screenings, theatre and dance activities, and a space for fireless cooking classes. The centre seeks to provide a multi-dimensional approach to childcare that involves a carefully regulated mix of exercise, healthy food and fun. Having started this February, iSpark has 12 children (in the five to 15 age group) currently. “With a small number, we are able to give better attention to them because sometimes all they want is someone to listen to them,” says 44-year-old Lohia, Montessori director, kathak teacher and mother. The space also has a library-cum-TV room for parents. Besides their regular activities like exercise and diet consultation, birthday parties with nutritious alternatives to regular calorie-high party food is offered as well. iSpark has several tie-ups with the likes of Crea Shakthi for their planned theatre activities for children and celebrity nutritionist Luke Coutinho has also kickstarted their Stop the Junk programme, aimed at inculcating healthy eating habits in children.
    Packages from Rs 1,500 onwards. This month, iSpark will also conduct a Map my Genome programme, to identify genetic predispositions to health issues. Rs 500. Details: 43570807

    —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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