ISM Raceway teams with NASCAR to teach Valley kids how to be healthy

TOLLESON, Ariz. (FOX 10) - The competition is tough. Running a gas can and changing lug nuts is what happens during every NASCAR race.

It takes energy and stamina, which the mayor of Tolleson says comes from healthy eating and staying active.

"Our purpose is to come together to show our children healthy and exercise is definitely key in moving forward," Anna Tobar said.

The city of Tolleson is teaming up with ISM Raceway and the NASCAR Foundation for the third annual Speediatrics Fun Day Festival.

Running, having fun and meeting the men and women behind the wheel drives these fourth graders at P.H. Gonzales Elementary School to be their best.

"You have to be physical [sic] fit to be a driver," said NASCAR driver Cassie Gannis. "That's one of the criteria, I mean you work out, I work out four to five times a week."

"My mom gives us a lot of vegetables, even in fried rice and when that happens, you eat them," one student said.

"I get exercise every day by playing outside or running in the house, playing outside, I play soccer too," another student said.

The students take what they learn here and say they practice every day -- a life lesson they know is worth learning.