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Pediatric exercise science lab opens in Little Rock

Arkansas Children's along with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin announced Tuesday morning the region's only pediatric exercise science lab.

The "Laboratory for Active Kids and Families" is at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center and will help scientists learn more about preventing disease in families around the world.

It's only the second of its kind in the nation.

Researchers will use the facility to better understand how maternal-child health nutrition and physical activity optimize health and development.

They will do this by observing children and pregnant mothers in fitness and physiology tests.