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AISD kicks off new initiative to battle childhood obesity

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The Austin school district kicked off a program Friday to encourage active lifestyles for students.

Students at Barton Hills Elementary enjoyed a pep rally to learn about "Fuel up to Play 60,” a movement to get kids eating the proper foods and to stay active for at least an hour a day.

The program also turns ordinary school playgrounds into places where kids can increase their physical activity levels through stencils on the grounds giving them an exercise to do.

Among those who delivered the message to the kids were former NFL football players Mike Rosenthal and Dan Neil.

"It's up to you to decide whether or not you're going to eat that vegetable, eat your fruit, eat your dairy product, milk, yogurt, everyday,” Neil said. “It's so important because you know what? What you put in your body is what you're going to get out of it."

A $320,000 grant will pay for the program at all Austin ISD elementary schools.

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