Football Players Tackle Obesity at Ritchie County Schools

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Thursday was a special day for Ritchie County students.

It's all part of kicking-off their anti-obesity curriculum.

West Virginia is the number one state in America for childhood obesity and the program aims to knock that down.

Many Thursday say it something you don't want to be number one at and promoting healthy lifestyles from a young age is very important.

That's why everyone was there Thursday, including two former West Virginia University and NFL players Aaron Beasley and Jimmy Gary.

Many people spoke with the kids about keeping eating healthy and always getting some type of exercise.

The room was filled with energy as they cheered and joined the players down on the gym floor for what's called brain breaks.

On the smart board during school, kids follow Hop-Sports - an exercise program to get kids moving around and work towards healthy living.

"To have this many kids here, energized about being physically active, making it fun for them is super important," says Emily Murphy, Obesity Prevention Specialist with the WVU Extension.

"We come back here and it feels like we are home, all the time," says Aaron Beasley. "When I read about the polls and all that, it was like, we have to come back and help, when I come here it's like a second home for me."

The players then went to the classrooms to talk one on one with the students and then to the elementary school.

N-Play Foundation put this all together.

Founder Eric Cohen says they put the programs on to try and bring exercise and nutrition education to schools so they will then bring those habits home.

They will be traveling to four more schools in West Virginia and they hope to get funding to go statewide.

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