CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local organization is educating children on techniques to combat mental illness.
Kids Get Fit is a non-profit that teaches healthy lifestyle practices through physical fitness, proper nutrition and mindfulness. They use different meditation practices and interactive ways to help kids understand how mindfulness works. Kids Get Fit believes teaching mindfulness at a young age will help with mental issues later in life.
The group currently partnerw with Corpus Christi Independent School District and offers after school programs at many schools in the district. CCISD says the practice of mindfulness will soon be part of the state curriculum.
"The state is already looking at changing the TEKS, apart of the TEKS that they would be changing will be one of course is mindfulness. So as far we we're concerned we are way ahead of what the state is going to mandate in a couple years," said Richard Torres, Program Director.
CCISD says Kids Get Fit does not cost the district any money. To keep the program free to the community, donations are accepted.
To make a donation or learn more about the program, go to their website KidsGetFit.net.