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      Jump Start for Kids

      Kids in Houghton and Hancock are getting active and learning about nutrition this summer.

      It's through Portage Health's "Jump Start for Kids" program. The program is for kids eight to eleven years old and is funded by the Portage Health Foundation.

      Youngsters spend four hours a day, three days a week for four weeks learning about nutrition, physical activity, and healthy behaviors they can carry with them throughout their lives.

      The kids said the program allows them to get out of the house and get outside, all while learning valuable lessons.

      "I think it's important to start at a young age to learn what's healthy and to learn what's right so that as they grow, they can be healthy individuals and contribute to their society," said registered dietician, Lexie Weber.

      â??It's better to eat just fresh fruits than fruits canned in heavy syrup, because if it's canned in heavy syrup, it has lots more sugar," said 10-year-old Sophie Heinonen.

      â??Just coming out here and just having fun,â?? added 11-year-old Braden Kariainen.

      To register for the second summer session which starts in July, parents can pick up a registration form at the hospital in Hancock.