TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- More than 700 Kansas kids were excited to get fit Friday morning.
Third grade students from around northeast Kansas gathered at Cedar Crest by the Governor's mansion for the annual Kansas Kids' Fitness Day.
The event encourages kids all over the state to be active while increasing safety awareness.
Governor Brownback and 13's Meteorologist Drew Switzer kicked off the festivities - and the governor even did a push-up or two with state troopers.
Kids participated in field-day type activities and troopers engaged in fire drill relays with them.
Some students from Lowman Hill Elementary School told us the best part about staying active:
Alexandria said, "you can do fun stuff, like you can play with your friends more."
Another said, "you lose fat and you get more healthier."
Erik said, "you can play and have fun with your friends," and added that if you're not active you're bored and stay inside watching TV all day.
Shanique said her favorite part was the exercising and dancing, especially the squats.
Nearly 18,000 students statewide participate in Kansas Kids' Fitness Day in 40-plus sites.
The Governor's Council on Fitness sponsors the event in partnership with Safe Kids Kansas. The organization promotes physical activity and prevention of unintentional injury.