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Roosevelt students learn to be healthy

BINGHAMTON -- tired of eating nothing but burgers and sitting around the house all day?  Theodore Roosevelt students learned the benefits of healthy living Thursday.
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Citizen U Team helped teach local children that exercise and healthy eating is not only good for you, but can be fun as well.  Over 50% of the student population at Roosevelt can be classified as overweight or obese.  A recent study also showed that Binghamton was the second most obese area in the country.  To help battle childhood obesity, Citizen U partnered with the City of Binghamton Youth Bureau to put on today's event.

Kids ran around the gym playing games, tried out yoga, and ran through hula hoops before moving into the cafeteria to learn about what to eat and what not to eat.  It was a full day of fun that has them wanting more.

"It gets you pumped up more, ready to go outside," said Robin Conrad, student at Theodore Roosevelt.  "You don't want to stop, just keep going, get crazy."

"I had a conversation with one our young people this morning," said Colleen Wagner, Youth Bureau Director, City of Binghamton.  "I said 'would you rather walk to the school or play a video game?'  And he said 'have a video game,' but I'm pretty sure if you asked him if he had a good time today, he wasn't thinking about the video games, he was just having a good time with all of his friends."

Wagner says an event like this is so much fun for the kids, they don't even realize they're learning to be healthy.


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