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Local Gymnastics School Fights Childhood Obesity

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PURVIS, Miss. - A local gymnastics school is starting a fall schedule of classes that's main purpose is to help combat childhood obesity in the Pine Belt.

Jump'in Gymnastics and Tumbling offers all types of activities to keep kids active throughout the year. Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the nation.

"There's a 33 percent obesity rate for children in Mississippi," said Candi Workman who owns  In'finite Artsports Inc. in Purvis.

The do cheerleading, gymnastics, and other activities for all ages.

 She said that statistic is just too high.

"Having a program like this with cheerleading, dance, tumbling, trampoline, gymnastics it gets a lot of kids active and involved," she said.

Workman took over the gym a year ago.

"When I heard that the percentage of obese children in Mississippi were so high,  I thought well what better place to help the kids than here," Workman said.

Students like 5-year-old Hayden Reesor say they love the activity.

"We get to go on the beams and  we get to go on the bars," she said.

Her mom, Amy said she wants to teach her kids the importance of staying healthy.

"They are here for three hours a day and are getting really good physical activity," she said.

"If you teach the preschoolers young what good eating habits are and what bad eating habits are young, they'll stick with it for the rest of their life," Workman said.

For more information about their activities and schedules, visit the gym's website.

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