School adventures get kids active and healthy

March 30, 2013 12:21:51 AM PDT
The childhood obesity rate across the country continues to climb and the Valley has its share of challenges to keep kids healthy.

PE class as you knew it is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Teacher Tiffany McGinley said, "Unfortunately with budget cuts, hum, our PE instruction time has been cut."

Only six states require the recommended 150 minutes of elementary PE a week and just three states have 20 minutes of mandatory recess a day.

At a school for autistic children, there's one PE. teacher for all 160 students. This is helping the kids stay active. Adventure to fitness is a free interactive workout for kids.

It exercises students' bodies and minds. These adventures get the kids running, hopping, squatting, and leaping for 30 minutes straight. Mister marc leads adventures for 60,000 teachers in 11,000 schools.

Marc Loyd, adventure leader said, "We're never telling our adventurers, is what we call them, to do a jumping jack, but there is always a reason behind why you might do jumping jacks in one of the episodes, it's because you're cold and your down in a cavern so you need to do jumping jacks in order to get warm."

Luis Hernandez is the lone gym teacher for 800 kids. He says the program is making a difference.

Hernandez said, "The kids are more active, they're more, hum, willing to exercise and do things they wouldn't try before."

The centers for disease control and prevention says, more than 60 percent of kids, ages nine to 13, do not participate in sports. 23 percent don't engage in any free time physical activity.


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