Redskins Alfred Morris, Josh Morgan part of fitness class for kids

6:56 AM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Stick ball, kick the can and hopscotch have been replaced by PlayStation, Nintendo and Words with Friends, but the Washington Redskins are working to get kids moving again and thriving through exercise.

"And one hour a day I want you to get physical activity... I want you to get moving, get up and get active one hour a day," the children were told. With that, about 150 fourth through sixth graders hit the mini combine course inside the bubble at Redskins Park.

Daniel Peterjohn, a fourth grader at Mt. Vernon Woods Elementary, pointed out, "And then over there we were doing obstacle courses and then down there is like, running a ball."

The children taking part in the ultimate fitness class are from four Northern Virginia schools. They hit five exercise stations manned by Washington Redskins player such as D.C. born and bred wide receiver Josh Morgan.

"It's good for these kids to stay active, it actually helps them. The more active they are the better they learn, the more focused they are in the classroom," said Morgan.

Redskins running back Alfred Morris told us, "I'm a big kid at heart, so it works out. I mean, I love coming out here and just having fun. I'm one of them and I may be older, my age may say I'm older, but I'm just a big ol' kid at heart."

Morris pushed his group. "The program is set up so we can get kids excited about health and exercise and food and physical fitness... is it working?"

Kazim Khan, a fourth grader at Mt. Vernon Woods Elementary said, "They want to tell us to be healthy, get one hour of outside, even more if you can exercise some more and eat healthy."

Capital City Public Charter fifth grader Willa Hance told us, "They brought us here today so we can be fit and stay active."

She says she enjoys it: "I think it's really fun except I'm not very good at catching a football..."

The emphasis on healthy students is courtesy of the NFL and the United Way's Play 60 Program and insurance company Kaiser Permanente's Thriving Schools Program.

Besides the organized event, there was a lot of free form fun and competition -- just another way to keep kids active.