EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DAY
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Statewide Campaign Moves Along To Keep West Virginia's Kids Active
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jan. 19, 2012 6:26 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 19, 2012 6:44 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A statewide initiative in West Virginia is meant to keep kids healthy and active one step at a time.
At the state capitol on Thursday and all across the state, it was about being wild, wonderful, and active.
"We need to get people moving. We need to improve the health of West Virginians and we need to improve the quality of life for West Virginians and this is one way to do it," said Eloise Elliott, member of the Physical Activity Plan Committee.
Organizations from around West Virginia packed into the capitol for the state's Physical Activity Plan. Capital High's Dance Company and Junior ROTC were just a few of the organizations helping kids work up a sweat.
Also amongst the crowd were some familiar famous faces like Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins who talked to kids about how to keep a healthy heart.
"As kids, it's what they do now that dictates what they become in the future and that's through physical activity and eating right," explained Wilkins.
The initiative captured lawmakers and county commissioners across the state. As well as 50,000 students from various schools--who played their part in the activities by dancing to the song "Cupid Shuffle" at 1:00 p.m.
"Getting the kids all together and them just seeing each other and helping each other out trying to teach each other the moves it was very impressive," said Flinn Elementary School Principal, Maria Miller.
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