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Article posted: 2/24/2013 6:00 AM

Suburban parents finding ways to sneak in exercise

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Emma Lloyd, right, and Sophia Cepeda, of Deerfield, practice tricks as they jump around at Xtreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove. The entertainment center offers an active alternative for kids in the suburbs.

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Kevin Huynh, 16, of Des Plaines, prepares to throw the ball in extreme dodgeball at Xtreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove. The entertainment center offers an active alternative for kids in the suburbs.

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Merza Merza, 18, of Addison, dunks a ball as he jumps around at Xtreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove. The entertainment center offers an active alternative for kids in the suburbs.

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Lauren Gould, 13, of Elmhurst plays Jumpin' Jackpot, a jump-rope simulation video game at Dave and Buster's in Addison.

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Andrew Gorski, 12, of Plainfield, left, and Griffin Coleman, 12, of Plainfield, right, play Speed of Light, one of the popular interactive video games that gets kids moving at Dave and Buster's in Addison.

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Andrew Gorski, 12, of Plainfield, left, and Griffin Coleman, 12, of Plainfield, right, play Speed of Light at Dave and Buster's in Addison.

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Griffin Coleman, 12, of Plainfield, left, and Andrew Gorski, 12, of Plainfield, right, play interactive video games at Dave and Buster's in Addison.

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More and more parents are getting savvy when it comes to sneaking nutritious food into their children's diet, but it won't matter much if they remain largely sedentary. Since few kids are bound to like -- or stick to -- a regimented fitness program, parents also are turning to more creative ways to get their heart rates' up.
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    • Emma Lloyd, right, and Sophia Cepeda, of Deerfield, practice tricks as they jump around at Xtreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove. The entertainment center offers an active alternative for kids in the suburbs.
    • Kevin Huynh, 16, of Des Plaines, prepares to throw the ball in extreme dodgeball at Xtreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove. The entertainment center offers an active alternative for kids in the suburbs.
    • Merza Merza, 18, of Addison, dunks a ball as he jumps around at Xtreme Trampolines in Buffalo Grove. The entertainment center offers an active alternative for kids in the suburbs.
    • Lauren Gould, 13, of Elmhurst plays Jumpiní Jackpot, a jump-rope simulation video game at Dave and Busterís in Addison.
    • Andrew Gorski, 12, of Plainfield, left, and Griffin Coleman, 12, of Plainfield, right, play Speed of Light, one of the popular interactive video games that gets kids moving at Dave and Busterís in Addison.
    • Andrew Gorski, 12, of Plainfield, left, and Griffin Coleman, 12, of Plainfield, right, play Speed of Light at Dave and Busterís in Addison.
    • Griffin Coleman, 12, of Plainfield, left, and Andrew Gorski, 12, of Plainfield, right, play interactive video games at Dave and Busterís in Addison.
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