Olympic champ encourages kids to eat right, exercise

Olympic champ encourages kids to eat right, exercise

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Olympic champ encourages kids to eat right, exercise

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:28 AM

BOISE -- If you're trying to convince kids to exercise and eat right, introduce them to an Olympic athlete like Kristin Armstrong.

The gold-medal cyclist from Boise was at White Pine Elementary School in Boise Thursday afternoon as kids raced their teachers on tricycles and played games.

It's part of a program called "Fuel Up to Play 60."

The NFL and Idaho Dairy Council are funding the program designed to help fight childhood obesity.

“I figure if they get it now, in K through 6th grade, that they'll continue, that they won't know any different when they become adults," said Jenny Tobin, PE specialist at White Pine Elementary School.

White Pine is one of two Boise-area schools that recently received a grant from Fuel Up to Play 60.

The school has a recess walking program, and encourages kids to eat breakfast at school rather than skip that important meal.

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