School No. 7 aerobics program aimed at students

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Pattaya School No. 7 students of all ages are kicking up their heels in a new school-wide aerobics program that could see some youths win a spot in national competitions.

Principal Manas Khongwattana launched student aerobics with funding from the Pattaya Health Insurance Fund following the success of aerobics classes for teachers and parents.

Pattaya School No. 7 students of all ages kick up their heels in their new school-wide aerobics program. Pattaya School No. 7 students of all ages kick up their heels in their new school-wide aerobics program.

Run by teachers Sapienthong Namphet and Omlawan Chinfan, the youth aerobics encourage students, from kindergarten through high school to exercise and improve their health in an activity that occupies their free time and keeps them away from drugs.

Sapienthong said she will select the best of the aerobics dancers to participate in the royally backed To Be No. 1 dancercise program, whose stated goal is to promote exercise as a diversion from drug use.

Kids participating seemed to enjoy it.

“I feel healthier after having done aerobics,” said junior-high student Nares Nachaoren. “I get to have fun with my friends and it is not a dangerous activity that is different from other sports.”