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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Children and teenagers ages 6 to 18 can sign up for the Air Force’s FitFactor program here Saturday during a special youth event.

Members can register from 9 a.m. to noon at Robert D. Edgren High School, where Misawa Youth Programs will host a track and field day.

Food and drinks will be provided to participants.

New members also can sign up after Saturday at the Lunney Youth Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Those already enrolled need to visit the FitFactor Web site at to become current in the new program year, which starts Oct. 1.

Other Air Force bases in Japan and Guam are hosting similar events this weekend to encourage kids to get moving and register new FitFactor members.

FitFactor was launched three years ago to promote and reward physical activity and healthy habits in youth.

Members can earn points and incentive prices for participation in the following categories: Air Force-wide activities, eating healthy, individual activities, instructional classes and league sports.

This year, according to an Air Force FitFactor newsletter, the program will see some changes, including:

n The replacement of level pins with new youth dog tags.

n The teen monthly bonus prizes of CD cases and iPod covers will be replaced by a FitFactor hat or T-shirt.

The Navy is planning to introduce the FitFactor program to a few key bases in November and expand to all sites in 2008.

Other FitFactor ‘re-launch’ programs:

Yokota Air Base, Japan: East and West Youth Center, 2 to 8 p.m.

Andersen Air Force Base, Guam: Andersen Youth Center, noon to 2 p.m.

Kadena Air Base, Okinawa: Combining FitFactor registration with Boys and Girls Club Day Out on Friday, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., at Nakayoshi Youth Programs Complex.

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