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Published November 02, 2013, 05:16 PM

Oxbow woman is trying to combat childhood obesity

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Today's children are the first generation not expected to live longer than their parents - Much of that is attributed to childhood obesity.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Today's children are the first generation not expected to live longer than their parents - Much of that is attributed to childhood obesity.

But an Oxbow woman is trying to make a difference by getting kids up and moving.

One local woman is making a big impact on children's fitness.

Becca Murphy of Oxbow organized Kindred Elementary School's first "Fitness Carnival."

A personal trainer for 15 years, she says physical activity has always been a huge part of her life.

Becca Murphy/Fitness Carnival Organizer: "I basically live at the gym, I love it."

But she isn't satisfied with the physical education kids get in school these days.

Murphy: "They are just less active, and the physical education they do it is less activity based. They're afraid kids will get hurt so they don't climb rope, the running is minimal."

When Murphy decided to run for Mrs. North Dakota International, she partnered up with "Project Fit America" for her platform.

The K-8 fitness program is in hundreds of cities across 43 states.

Steve Cox came up from Des Moines, Iowa to give a preview at the Carnival.

Steve Cox/Project Fit America: "We get schools and communities that are getting very concerned, what can we do to get kids more active?"

Because of Murphy's work, Scheels offered to give a $17,000 grant to one Cass County School to implement the program.

Those close to Murphy say seeing the effort she has put into this is not a surprise.

Cassie Huesman/Kindred PTO President: "Everything Becca does is 100% it is bigger than I expected but its great."

Murphy: "This is what my kids know and I know it's not that way for every family. But, I'd like to make it that way."

Grant applications will be sent out to all schools in Cass County to get Project Fitness.

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