Camp Get Fit

by Christa Lollis

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A few stretches a day is all it takes to create a healthier lifestyle.

That's what the Junior League has been showing East Texas kids all week. "Unfortunately these days in the days of fast food and video games our children have really started to pay the price and childhood obesity is on the rise, not only in the state of Texas and nationwide but especially here in Lufkin," Caron Cook with the Junior League explained.

Trainers showed the kids ways to stretch and get moving that made working out fun and easy for them. "We're here to try to help these children and try to reach out and give them the message that it doesn't have to be work and it doesn't have to be hard to do. Physical activity can be a lot of fun and so can eating healthy," Cook said.

And it got some of them thinking about getting off the couch and going outside. One of the campers Alexis says, "You need to build your muscles and you need to stay fit."

Alexis says she's also learned eating broccoli with a little cheese will make eating vegetables more fun. And one of the best ways to stay healthy is to keep the germs away. "You need to wash your hands for 20 seconds, saying the alphabet or doing something or not just do it for like 8 seconds because it's not that healthy cause you're just getting it under there and getting it wet and not really washing them."

There's a lot more to being healthy than eating vegetables and washing your hands, but at least these kids are getting a good start.