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Hometown Hero: Family fitness night

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Vicki Redpath teaches yoga. She's also a registered nurse and mother of three. That's why she created Family Fitness Night at Richardson Heights Elementary, where her children attend school.

She feels the state mandated 135 minutes of fitness each week is simply not enough. She's gotten the school, businesses, parents and kids on board to want more.

Family Fitness Night just held its 6th annual evening of interactive fitness. There's no charge to attend. Richardson Heights Elementary opens its doors to show parents how they can be active with their children for little or no money; taking a walk together, playing in the park or dancing in the living room. Healthy eating and portion control are highlighted for everyone in the family.

The Cooper Fitness Center, Camp Gladiators and the Richardson Gymnastics Complex are just three of the businesses that support this fun family event with prizes for the kids. Professional fitness trainers from Cooper Fitness show parents and their kids the correct way to exercise while having fun.

April Swales, a trainer who also has a daughter who attends the school, has taken the lead to help make this night bigger each year. She and Redpath hope other schools will follow their lead and create an annual evening of fitness for kids and their parents.


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