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LAS VEGAS -- One in three kindergartners are overweight or obese in Nevada. That according to a recent report from the state's school districts and UNLV.

It's a scary statistic that has health professionals concerned. Most school districts have programs teaching the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. During the hot summer months, parents often rely on programs at places like the YMCA.

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There is a program called Y-Kids and it's an exercise class for young people starting at age five. Fitness instructors say the biggest benefit to keeping kids active is building their confidence.

"When you get out on that playground and you know you've played some other games at the Y or that you're good at something; it will build up your confidence," said Breezy Bolden, Durango Hills YMCA.

Bolden says Y-Kids is an hour-long program available at four UMCA locations in the valley. Kids compete on the court and in the pool so they can work all their muscles.

"I feel good because I'm working on myself and it feels good to exercise," said Noah Fillmore, who is 11-years-old.

The Heinrich YMCA, located on Meadows Lane in Las Vegas, is a federally funded summer feeding site. That means anyone between 2 to 18-years-old can get a free, healthy meal Monday through Friday between 11:30 am and 1 p.m.

The study also found that one-fourth of kindergartners haven't seen a dentist in the past 12 months and 16 percent of students have no health insurance.

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