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Kasey Kahne Visits Yakima to Support Kids Health

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne stopped by the Sunfair Chevrolet dealership Thursday to congratulate the first class of the "ACT! Get Up! Get Moving!" program.

ACT is a program created by Memorial Hospital, the Yakima YMCA and Pacific Northwest University in Terrace Heights to fight childhood obesity.

Kids participating in "ACT" completed a 12-week program this past spring to bring awareness to health and fitness.

Kahne says this program is very similar to his own foundation.

"Since I got into racing, we got started on our foundation for kids. Chronically ill, underprivileged children and their families, so it's all very similar to the kind of things we work on each year," Kahne said.

At the ceremony, Yakima's mayor proclaimed June 20th "Kasey Kahne Healthy Kid's Day".  After the mayor's speech, Kahne signed autographs and took pictures before going to the Yakima Speedway to race a few laps.

The program is especially important for the Yakima community because one in every three kids here is obese.

Sage Fruit is the main sponsor for ACT and is one of Kahne's corporate sponsors.