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TMSG: Kids Fit Zone

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(WLNS) - "the second I heard that the first time in our existence that children were not going to outlive their parents... I had to step up and be apart of the solution."

AFTER MEETING IN AN ONLINE FITNESS ACCOUNTABILITY FORUM FIVE YEARS AGO PAUL NAGEL AND JENNIFER BATTLE DECIDED TO START THEIR OWN INTERNET FITNESS GROUP-- THEY CALLED IT -- THE INSTITUTION.

AND ONCE IT GAINED MORE THAN 200 ON-LINE SUPPORTERS

WITHIN A MATTER OF MONTHS--

THE COUPLE DECIDED TO TURN THEIR GROUP ....INTO REALITY ...

 Jennifer Battle, Co-Owner said, "when it came time to start our fitness studio we were tryint to think of what should we call this thing?! And we were like duh the institutiton "

BUT AFTER LEARNING OF THE RECENT BUDGET CUTS THAT FORCED FITNESS PROGRAMS OUT OF LANSING SCHOOLS---

PAUL AND JENNIFER HAD A BIGGER MISSION FOR THEIR NEW FITNESS GYM.

Paul Nagel CO-OWNER, THE INSTITUTION, SAID  "Jennifer and I talked and said you know what we got to be apart of our community and this has to stop and we want to do what we can for kids.,/ if we can touch one life -- its a success"

A SUCCESS THAT PAUL SAYS SHOULDN'T BE DETERMINED BY A CHILD'S ABILITY TO AFFORD FITNESS...SO THROUGH A FITNESS PROGRAM CALLED GET RIPPED FOR KIDS THEY BEGAN HOSTING FREE SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES AND CLASSES AT THEIR GYM THAT WOULD GET MORE THAN 3000 STUDENTS OUT THEIR SEATS AND INTO SHAPE.

"believe it or not the kids love to excercie and they love to have fun and they love music. We put all that together and that's a perfect formula."

A FORMULA THAT THE COUPLE NOW USES IN THEIR *OWN* STUDIO WHERE FAMILY FITNESS IS THE FOCUS.

"You want to be able to do things with your family. you want to be able to work out . you want to be able to have fun. you want to be able to enjoy your favorite activity. and fitness is a way to get there."

AND PAUL AND JENNIFER HOPE TO HELP KIDS GET THERE-- ONE STEP AT A TIME.

PROUD TO TELL YOU SOMETHING GOOD -- I'M FRANCESCA AMIKER.

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