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"Adventure to Fitness" program.
March 6th, 2013

Nine million American students are packing on too many pounds,
But just as kids are being told to exercise more, they're finding fewer opportunities to break a sweat during the school day.

The physical education classes of then, are disappearing now.

Tiffany McGinley, Kindergarten/First Grade teacher, said: "They're developing the muscles of their body."

 
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 this 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.

McGinley: "Kids! the Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island."

Adventures that get the kids running, hopping, squatting, and leaping for 30 minutes straight. Marc Loyd leads adventures for 60-thousand teachers in 11-thousand schools.

Marc Loyd "a.k.a" Mr. Marc, adventure leader, said: "We're never telling our adventurers, that's 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.

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

Valeria Hernandez, 1st grader, said: "It gives me good exercise."

And there's only one rule.

"We never stop moving!"

I'm  Lou Baxter reporting.
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