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Combining summer learning and fitness for kids
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Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

TUCKER, Ga. -- Summer can be crucial for keeping your kids sharp both mentally and physically.

The National Summer Learning Association has created a healthy summer campaign to encourage parents to take advantage of the summer to improve things for schools.

"When school doors close for the summer months, many children and families living in poverty face multiple, interrelated challenges. Learning loss, safety concerns, risk for obesity, and food insecurity all set children back developmentally and academically," according to the National Summer Learning Association.

There's a new workbook that can help parents in both those areas.

It's called "The Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away From School."

"Besides doing the academics of reading, writing and math, the idea for the fitness came from Lance Armstrong, a friend of the publisher," said Leland Graham, author and consultant for The School Box Stores, which sells the workbooks.

Cycling legend Armstrong promotes healthy lifestyles and believes in the connection between brain power and physical fitness.

While many kids don't fully understand that, they know it's important.

"Because if you exercise, you are just helping your body, so, maybe, yes. It's like in science maybe," said Michael Walker, a rising fourth grader at Midvale Elementary.

Students at DeKalb County's Midvale Elementary try out the workbooks and take to them right away.

"I just usually study in the summer and read for about an hour," said Julia Brennan, a Midvale Elementary student.

Julia's mom, Karoline Brennan, has her children involved in swimming right now, but they also must spend time a little time on academics.

"(Kids) need to be reading more than 25 minutes a day in order to go to the next grade level," said Susan Wilson, Principal at Midvale Elementary School.

"(The workbook) is divided up into 10 weeks and the first five weeks review the skills that the child has been learning this year in school," said Graham. "The next five weeks gets them ready for when school returns."

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