HoneyTree offering new fitness program to get kids moving

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Our nation's kids are apparently getting fatter.

Kids are getting a fun fitness lesson from Coach Leonard Jones

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children, and quadrupled in teens in the past 30 years.

But there's a new program happening at HoneyTree Early Learning Centers to get kids moving in the right direction.

Leonard Jones is the coordinator of Amazing Athletes. He says, "we do everything from squats, to push-ups. We get a lot of full body exercise in. We do plymetrics, changing direction, stretching, yoga."

"It's a program we brought on for our after-school kids to allow them to be active and engaged after school, instead of just coming home and sitting behind a computer or video game system," says HoneyTree Marketing Director Corrie Prater.

Even though they're young, experts say now is the time to keep kids from becoming overweight or obese.

"What we're seeing is a lot of kids, because they're not getting active, not playing enough, when it comes to motor development skills, they're lacking," says Jones.

We have a link to CDC childhood obesity statistics and risk factors to the right to our story.