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Caldwell Elementary students dancing to Fit City Success

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TYLER (KYTX) - Fit City 5210 is a program that's been in Tyler ISD schools for several months now.  One principle is teaching kids the importance of getting in at least an hour of physical activity everyday.  The children are now dancing their way to Fit City Success at Caldwell Elementary.

Some people love to run, others would rather play basketball.  At Caldwell Elementary, there are a lot of students, both boys and girls, who prefer to dance to get their bodies moving and hearts pumping!  First graders are practicing their new tap moves for their upcoming, "Let's Go to the Movies" dance show.

They're engaging their muscle memory.  "It is like a workout," says Brooks Gallagher.  Brooks Gallagher is just 6 years old, but he's already caught the dancing bug.  "Because it is really fun," says Brooks. 

His dance teacher Dana Sepko is part of the physical education program at Caldwell.  "Dance is so much more than movement.  We teach expression and emotion, but they are learning how to be healthy. We teach nutrition in dance," says Sepko.  "They don't even realize they are learning about nutrition. We do it in a fun way."

The students are also learning what muscles are at work while they dance and that it's a very aerobic exercise so it's good for their hearts.  "In dance, you kind of just do everything, move every muscle in your body," says Brynne Eberlan.

10 year old Brynne Eberlan has been dancing since she was 3.  She knows what studies have proven.  Dance improves flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.

"When they get into middle school, they go into athletics and they have to be flexible and they don't realize, that they are learning that right now," says Sepko.

By doing dance steps, depending on the intensity and your size, you can burn up to 160 calories.

Adults can dance off even more calories about 300.

"Dance is one of those things, it kind of makes everything go away, makes everything ok. The kids don't realize how hard they are really exercising," says Sepko

The students leave Mrs. Sepko's class sweating, but hopefully with an understanding of living a healthy, active life

Whether you're a kid or a parent, dance also tones muscles, corrects poor posture and improves balance and coordination.  All of that adds up to Fit City Success.

If you want to see all of the dancers hard work, the program is March 21st at 6p.m. at Caldwell Auditorium.

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