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Caddo Parish students get 'Fit for Life'

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 10:07am

Louisiana has consistently ranked near the bottom in 'America's Health Rankings,' and this year is no different.  Thousands of Caddo Parish students kicked off 'Fit for Life' weekend Wednesday to push for a better and healthier life.

Running, dancing and even fencing were just a few of the activities Caddo Parish students got to do for this year's 'Fit for Life' weekend kick-off.

"An unhealthy state is a not-moving state," said Robert 'Super-Mann' Blount, the CEO of Fit for Life, Inc.  "We've got to get this state moving.  The only way that's going to happen is that we're going to have to be healthier."

The goal is to teach kids and adults new ways to stay active and eat healthy.  The kids were shown skills like tennis, golf, fishing and archery on Wednesday.

But being active is more than just getting in shape.  "If a youngster is physically fit, they have the mental edge to do well in the classroom also," said Dr. Gerald Dawkins, Superintendent of Caddo Public Schools.

Blount reminds those young and old in the Shreveport-Bossier area that "getting fit for life is not an option, it's a necessity."

For more information on the 'Fit for Life' weekend activities, you can visit http://www.bfitforlife.org/.

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