Nine million American students are packing on too many pounds, but just as kids are being told to excercise more, they're finding fewer opportunities to break a sweat during the school day.
Teachers have now found a free program to help move the scales in the right direction.
The physical education classes of the past are disappearing.
First Grade Teacher Tiffany McGinley says, "Unfortunately with budget cuts, hum, our PE instruction time has been cut."
Only six states requre the recommended 150 minutes of elementary PE a week and just three states have 20 minutes of mandatory recess each day.
Adventure to Fitness is a free interactive workout for kids.
It exercies students' bodies and minds.
Adventures that 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 "aka" Mr. Marc says, "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 and he says the program is working.
Hernandez says, "The kids are more active, they're more, hum, willing to exercise and do things they wouldn't try before."
Besides losing gym classes, kids are giving up sports and playing outside.
According to the CDC, more than 60% of kids, ages 9 to 13, do not participate in sports and worse yet, 23% don't engage in any free time physical activity at all.
Adventure to Fitness has a home version to get kids moving at night and on the weekends and over the summer.
It is 30 dollars for three 30 minute episodes.
Go to http://adventuretofitness.com to learn more.
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