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Early Education and Care Promotes Exercise with Annual Field Day

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Do you remember when your parents managed to sneak a vegetable on your dinner plate and you had no idea it could taste so good? The Head Start program pulled the old switch-a-roo on some kids to show them how fun exercising could be.

According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1/3 of children in the United States are overweight or obese.

Early Education and Care is trying to do its part to beat obesity with the third annual Track and Field Day.

More than 400 students played games like tug of war to tricycle races Friday morning at Tommy Oliver Stadium.  

The CDC also says schools play a critical role in teaching students about how to "practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors."

Executive Director Pam Fleege said that's exactly what the program hopes to do.

"They [students] do sustain this type of activity because it becomes a part of what they do, and then when they go home, they want to do, you know, these type of activities at home, too. So, that really helps, you know, fighting obesity," said Fleege.

More than 200 volunteers from both military bases and the community came out to play with children and help out school leaders.

The program also focuses on nutrition and healthy food choices. The children seemed to enjoy their lunch of a sandwich, apple, and crackers.