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Health is the focus at new charter school

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It's not every day you see kids wearing scrubs to school, but that's what happens each day at King's Kids Academy of Health Sciences. It's a brand new charter school in Tampa.

Maria Stroud is in charge here.

"The idea is that we are transforming lives, transforming communities, by sending a message of, ‘listen, this is important. You can eat healthy and enjoy what you're eating. Physical education is important, be active. You know, video games are good, they are a nice for a part of the time during your day. You need to be outside and active, get those bones moving," she says.

Children from Kindergarten through 3rd grade wear the scrubs. They learn in a traditional environment, but they also learn how important it is to stay healthy.

"Within the communities like East Tampa, there are a high number of people who are at risk, diabetes and things like that, and so the idea is that we bring the health initiates to the community," Stroud said.

Cameron James is 8 years old. This is his first year at the school, and he's already getting the message.

"It's important to eat right cause you want to grow and be healthy," he said.

Even the teachers like Yvonne Hollard are now motivated to take better care of themselves.

"I have changed my diet. I do eat more fruits and vegetables and salads every day," she said.

Marie says "This is about decreasing the number of young people suffering from childhood obesity, actually stamping out Type 2 diabetes and things like that. Heart disease, things that are curable, things that are preventable," she said.

So at this Health Science Academy, there's a lot more to school than reading and writing. You've got to take care of your body as much as your brain.


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