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Kids learn to burn the fat away with play

BELTON, TX (KXXV) -

It was the perfect day Saturday to get outside to exercise, especially with your children.

That's important because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of kids are overweight and another 15 percent are obese in the state of Texas alone.

It's why the United Way in Belton helped kids burn the fat away with play at the annual Hometown Huddle event at UMHB's Crusader Stadium.

"Just letting them have a fun day and enjoy being kids," said Mary Beth Kauk, United Way Director of Marketing and Volunteerism. "We're here with a bunch of partners in the community to fight childhood obesity and to show kids in our area the importance of playing for 60 minutes a day and that it can be fun."

United Way's Hometown Huddle taught kids tips for staying active, whether it was by squatting, lunging, or running.

UMHB Football players and students served as coaches, along with a special guest, Chicago Bear Linebacker and UMHB Alumnus, Jerrell Freeman.

"Sixty minutes a day, it sounds small. But, you get that habit in right now, it'll help you out as you get older in life. You get a routine, be able to stay a lot more healthy. It's just good to be active," Freeman said.

After the last up-down or the last push up, the kids know how important it is to always make time for play time.

For more information on how the United Way can help you, visit their website.

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