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Program Encourages Student Fitness
By Kera Mashek
March 5, 2014


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) We all know childhood obesity is a big problem. Thankfully though, the most recent figures show fewer kids are overweight, and to keep that trend going and make our kids healthier, nutrition and physical education are critical.

That's why Charleston native and tennis star Anne White is working with a nationwide program called "Fight 2B Fit". The program launched earlier this year in Nevada, California and New York. This month, White was thrilled to bring it to Piedmont and Holz Schools in Charleston. The four-week competition gets fourth and fifth grade kids to log into a computer program and do a series of exercises together every day. White recently stopped by the Eyewitness News studios to show off some of those exercise moves which range from sit-ups, to running, yoga, and obstacle courses. She says a big part of her involvement in Fight 2B Fit is to share her passion for fitness in order to help kids get and stay healthy.

"I started out playing tennis at the Charleston Tennis Club when I was 5 years old, and my friends teased me because I couldn't play, and I didn't like being teased. So I found my passion at an early age and worked really hard, got a college scholarship and traveled around the world playing tennis at Wimbledon and all the rest. So I tell my story to the kids because I want them to have a dream and be inspired and know that with hard work that they too can capture their own dream," said White.

Scores from fitness quizzes and how well kids do completing their exercises as part of the Fight 2B Fit program will be matched up against the other competing schools. The program is set to wrap up next week and kids will get certificates and medals, plus a grand prize trophy for the winning school. And we'll keep you posted on how the Charleston schools fare in that contest.

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