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Keep Your Kids Moving With Virtual Fitness Classes

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This virtual gym class is made my Michigan physical education teachers and is for kids are unable to play outside.

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A program at the University of Michigan is launching virtual fitness classes for kids. 

The Exercise and Sports Science Initiative will debut 20-minute cardio workouts recorded by Michigan physical education teachers starting Aug. 1. The goal is to provide a fitness option to Michigan children who may not or cannot play outside. 

We know that there are many kids in the state and throughout the nation who do not live in a neighborhood that allows them to play safely outside.” — Rebecca Hasson, University of Michigan

What we’re trying to promote is the idea that you can be active anywhere,” says Rebecca Hasson, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Michigan.

Hasson says the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many children to stay inside at home, often in areas that don’t have safe recreational areas. 

We know that there are many kids in the state and throughout the nation who do not live in a neighborhood that allows them to play safely outside,” she says. “That’s usually some of the comments we’ll get from individuals that will say, well when I was a kid, I just went outside to play. But we do now.” 

Click on the player above to hear more about the virtual fitness classes for kids starting in August.

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Tia Graham, Reporter / Anchor

Tia Graham is a Reporter/Anchor for 101.9 WDET Detroit’s NPR station. Keeping busy, Tia loves to workout whenever she gets the chance.


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