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Getting Kids Fit

Filed by Michael Cross in Education, Feature, Health, Local News, News, Politics.
October 7, 2011

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Oklahoma ranks as one of the highest states in childhood obesity and now one lawmaker wants to find a way to improve those statistics.

State Representative Will Fourkiller held an interim study Thursday to get information on current programs dealing with the health and wellness of Oklahoma kids.

The Stillwell Democrat says kids don’t have to be an athlete in school just to participate in physical activity.

“Everyone can take part in that. And, that’s the great thing about it. You don’t have to run, you can walk. Just move. Get out and be physically active for 20 to 30 minutes a day, and that’s key.”

Fourkiller says studies are showing that kids who get physical activity not only become healthier, they also show improvement in test scores.

He’s hoping to create legislation to increase wellness in children because the obesity epidemic could discourage businesses from moving to the state.

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