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Super Bowl M.V.P. dances for fitness

Albany -- Albany native and Super Bowl 39 Most Valuable Player Deion Branch says his job demands good physical fitness. Friday Branch showed students in his hometown the right moves for healthy living.

Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch shows you can have fun while exercising. The New England Patriots Wide Receiver demonstrated with Albany Middle Students Dancing off the Pounds. It's part of the Youth Becoming Healthy project, to fight obesity in America's teens.

Branch said "I think it's good that you start off pretty young, knowing what you should eat. Exercising right, so that you will not go through the obesity stage in life."

Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in obesity, with thirty percent of middle school students at risk. Albany Middle students use their school wellness center to stay fit.

Eighth grader Robert Mitchell said "I was like two hundred pounds, and since I have been working in the wellness center, I went down to 180." Do you feel better? "Yes sir, I feel a lot better."

Deion Branch spent the day passing on important life lessons to the students. Branch said "I get in trouble if I gain too much weight with my team. Therefore I have to watch what I eat. So don't think just because I play football I don't get in trouble still."

And he led the fun, showing how staying active can keep you healthy, and make you a winner.

Branch attended Radium Middle School while growing up in Albany. He said it's important to him to give back in his hometown.

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