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Health Matters: P.E. Teacher Gets Students Off the Couch, and Outside

A local physical education teacher wants to stress the importance of keeping kids active this summer.
MAUMELLE, AR - A local physical education teacher wants to stress the importance of keeping kids active this summer and because health matters KARK's Melissa Schroeder explains how to make that happen.

"Don't give up, don't give in!"

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

"Good job!"

But soon the kids here, will be at home full time.

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

"I'm good at this."

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

"Feet up, upper body strength at it's finest."

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

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

"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.

"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," said Raborn.

Bottom line, spending more time outside and less time on the couch is a win win.
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