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Health Matters: Keeping Kids Active In The Summer

A physical education teacher gives tips on keeping kids busy while they're out of school.
MAUMELLE, AR -- A local physical education teacher wants to stress the importance of keeping kids active this summer.

Tonya Raborn teaches physical education classes at Pine Forest Elementary in Maumelle.

But soon the kids at that school will be at home full time for the summer.

Raborn said, "They can go to their local community pools, skate parks and we have trampoline parks that are throughout different communities."

She says getting kids off the couch and outside is important for their health and well-being.

Raborn said, "It's never to early to get these kids in golf or tennis or things they can actually do, fishing even."

Raborn says keep it consistent too by making sure the activity is part of a weekly schedule.

She says, "Get em' out and teach them how to be active at an early age."

Doing this also helps when kids return to school in the fall.

Rayborn says each student is required to take a fitness test when they come back to class.

She said, "If they've just sat around all summer they see their scores decline a little bit, and those that have stayed active...they keep their fitness levels up the rate they worked all year to achieve."

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