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Mountain Biking Program Aims To Boost Kids' Mental, Physical Health

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, more than 35 percent of children ages 10-17 in West Virginia are overweight or obese, according to an annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released today. The report outlines policy ideas for how to blunt the upward trend of obesity -- one of them is helping kids to be more physically active. Kara Lofton reports on a new grassroots program that helps kids get more active through mountain biking.

Also on today's show, we hear from longtime friends Elizabeth Dinkins and Kathy Zerkle who recently visited the StoryCorps air stream in Charleston. The pair share their experiences working as river guides in West Virginia and talk about how river life has influenced them.

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