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CommunityJune 1, 2006 

Brenda Song talks about kids' health

Star of television and movies, black belt in tae kwon do - it would seem that Brenda Song has everything she wants. But what she wants most is to encourage kids to be healthy. So when she finished filming her new TV movie, "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior" (due out this month on Disney Channel), she traveled to Chicago to kick off the national YMCA Healthy Kids Day this spring.

TFK: Why did you want to get involved with the YMCA Healthy Kids Day?

SONG: My movie, "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior," is coming out this summer, and I had to train a lot for the martial arts aspect of it. I had so much fun getting fit and healthy, that I wanted to pass that message on to kids.

TFK: Tell us about your character in your new TV movie. Are you at all like her?

SONG: "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior" is about a 16-year-old girl whose objective in her life is becoming homecoming queen at her

school. The movie is really

about Wendy exploring herself

and her heritage. This made me

want to explore myself and my heritage a little bit more (my mother is Thai and my father is Hmong). You could say that Wendy and I took a little bit from each other.

TFK: What do you think will happen if kids don't develop a healthy lifestyle?

SONG:Your body is like a machine and if you don't keep it in shape, it holds you back, and you don't want that! You don't want anything holding you back, especially yourself. The bottom line is if your body can't do something, you can't do it.

TFK:You have had a great career so far and you have won an award. Tell us about some of the highlights.

SONG: It sounds funny to be talking about "my career." I've loved working with the Disney Channel, and all the people I've met and I just try to take something with me from each experience.

TFK: What are your plans for the future?

SONG: I think that I have the best job in the world and I would like to continue acting, but I do plan to go to college. I think that this is really important. You can never learn enough. - Natalie Rosseau, 11

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