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Go Fetch Fitness Kid's Club

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Dr. Elizabeth Bixby of Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Falls is visiting ten Cedar Valley schools to talk about physical activity and nutrition.

It's part of the "Go Fetch Fitness Kid's Club" developed after the Iowa Healthy Kids Act.

"The Iowa Healthy Kids Act was put in place on July first of last year and that requires grade school children to get 30 minutes of activity everyday," said Dr. Elizabeth Bixby.

This day, Dr. Bixby is speaking with first and second graders at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly.

She reads books about a dog named LuLu Lanigan, stressing the importance of exercise for our pets, too.

"We're finding about 30 percent of our pets are overweight and that's showing up in the schools as well," said Dr. Bixby.

The students learn the "Go Fetch Fitness" song, incorporating physical activity.

Dr. Bixby also teaches animal safety, specifically dog bite prevention.

About five million dog bites are reported each year, mostly in young children.

"Ages five to nine are the biggest group of kids who are victim to dog bites in the U.S. every year and so I try to help the children understand, yes we want them to be walking, but we also want them to be safe," said Dr. Bixby.

Safe and healthy for their pets and themselves.

The Go Fetch Fitness Kid's Club wraps up with an Adventure Day on Saturday, May 21st.

It's from 9 to 11 a.m. at Taylor Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Falls.

The cost is $10. It's open to all parents, children and dogs in the Cedar Valley.

It will include different booths and a chance for the kids to implement what they learned from Dr. Bixby.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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