The Centers for Disease Control says the number of overweight kids in the United States has tripled between 1980 and 2002.
To combat obesity, Jefferson County Elementary School was awarded $10,000 in grant funding to purchase some much need exercise equipment and supplies.
School officials say this is a unique opportunity for them to encourage a healthier lifestyle while lowering the obesity rate in the community.
Quentin Adams said, "Obesity rate is very, very high here. The kids are using the computer, not going outside like they used to when we were in school, so now we're getting their interest back because we have the equipment.”
The elementary school is one 47 chosen to receive the grant, designed to improve physical activity and boost student health.
The CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health provided the grant.