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An area skating rink is offering a program to help kids fight obesity by getting them off the couch and keeping them active.
The Skate Zone Family Fun Center in Austintown has jumped on board for the national Kids Skate Free Program. Parents can sign their kids up online at kidsskatefree.com to get two free passes per week for skating admission.
More than 100,000 kids nationwide are already participating.
“I think it’s a wonderful program because I do think that kids sit a little too much now,” said Shelly DiFabio of Poland. “I think that with video games, with iPods, with iPads, I think they sit too much. I think this is a great way to get kids moving and it’s wonderful for people to have that opportunity.”
Skate Zone Fun Center general manager Greg Maynard said he thinks the program is necessary to help fight obesity in children.
“What better way to stay active than you’re working out and you don’t even know it,” said Maynard. “You’re having fun with your friends.”
The program is for kids up to 14 years old and runs through May 31, 2014.