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Published on Apr 5, 2012

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A local man has come up with a unique way to get kids to exercise, and he's debuting his new line of fitness toys this week.

Ernest Ebio's company, Wodtoys, makes fitness equipment for kids. But using the toys feels more like recess than a workout.

Ebio wants his toys to be a positive took for parents to get their kids to join them in the gym.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of children and teens are overweight or obese, which puts them at higher risk for health problems like diabetes and high cholesterol.

Some parents might worry that introducing kids to gym equipment at such a young age could create body issues, but Edio said his goal is to promote health, not appearance.

Pediatrician Cora Collettte Breuner thinks the toys are a great idea.

"I think its important to not push a child into an image that they could never be in and then tack on more issues like, there's something wrong with you if they don't (meet that image.) Then they're not going to want to exercise anymore," she said.

Ebio believes the only image his toys promote is a positive one.

"If people expect to set a good example for their kids, it would be worthwhile for them to be around when they're doing something inspiring or something worthwhile, especially when its worth their health," he said.

(Article & Video from http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Ne...)

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