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Keeping Kids Fit with Martial Arts by Allan Bernstein

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past thirty years. Obese children are at higher risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and many other complications. It also can lead to many health issues including heart disease and Type 2 diabetes in adulthood. There is hope though. Prevention for childhood obesity is just a few healthy choices away.

Studies have shown that adding just thirty to sixty minutes of exercise a day can help prevent childhood obesity and the associated health risks. When parents and children work together, reaching a healthier lifestyle is even easier.

One way to help your child create healthier habits is to enroll them in mixed martial arts classes. The martial arts are not only fun, but they are ideal for weight loss, personal development and reaching fitness goals. Martial arts students get in such great shape through dynamic training in kickboxing, karate and Jiu Jitsu.

Students of all ages and skill levels can train to become a martial artist.

Becoming a black belt martial artist is not about who can kick the fastest, nor is it about who can jump the highest. It is about the student having the attitude that they can overcome any challenge that may come their way.

Once a child has been taking martial arts classes for a while, they will experience rewarding life changes. Introducing children to mixed martial arts is a great way to ensure they are in excellent physical condition, are capable of overcoming life’s challenges, and will develop a skillset that will last a lifetime.

The Let’s Move! Initiative launched by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, is about addressing childhood obesity and “putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years” ( At the Let’s Move! launch in 2010, Obama advised that "the physical and emotional health of an entire g ene ra t ion and the economi c he a l th and security of our nation is at stake."

Sensei Allan Bernstein is the chief instructor at Dragon's Den Mixed Martial Arts. Dragon's Den Mixed Martial Arts is located at 183 West Route 59 in Nanuet. For more information and to book your free trial class, call 627-6700 or visit

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