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Kids putting down video games and getting active with Zumba

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Source: CNN

 
You've probably at least heard of it or maybe you've tried a class.  Zumba is a popular dance-fitness program and kids have joined in too.  

To Rachel Runsick, Zumba class is a family affair. "Because my mom teaches it, we practice together and my little sister and my big brother get to come."


Instructors adapt moves from the popular dance fitness program Zumba for both younger and older kids. Rachel, along with the other children, say they enjoy moving and grooving to the Latin-inspired beats.


"It's a fun way to exercise with my friends and I like the music," said kid participant Camille Vanleer.

That mentality is the goal, say these instructors.


"We really try to make it as fun as possible so it can compete with video games and computers," said Zumba co-instructor, Ayanna Torres. "We provide them the freedom to express themselves. They can go basically as crazy as they want in a structured environment."


And after class?

"I feel energized.  I feel like I want do more. Too bad the class is over," said Alexander Muema.

 
"It really instills in them that exercise can be fun - if you find something that you are good at or that you are passionate about, especially something that's active, you can do it for the rest of your life," said Zumba co-instructor Jae Runsick.

 
As for Rachel, she will look forward to next week. "Because moving is healthy for you," she said.