Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 20, 2012

Exercise experts tackle obesity by catering to kids

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Childhood obesity is a big concern for heath professionals these days, Dahlinghaus said, “and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. My goal here is to get kids to start enjoying fitness and realize there are many ways to stay active besides being in organized sports,” she said.

Organized sports aren’t for every kid. Youth are cut from teams, particularly in high school. Dahlinghaus said having a work out time in a child’s daily routine is a way to keep a child active and moving.

“We want to keep kids healthy and keep them moving. We find parents are responsive and it’s great when a whole family works out,” Dahlinghaus said. “With all this tech stuff for kids, like iPads, we’re worried...what’s it going to be like for kids in like 20 years? We want to keep them moving.”

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