LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Tuesday, the Nutrition Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) unveiled their brand new, state-of-the-art laboratory for active kids and families. It's one of only 2 laboratories like it in the nation.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin joined governor Hutchinson at the grand opening event. He talked about how research in the lab will help improve health for kids and families, including disease prevention.

“This is a beacon of excellence not just here in the city, not just here in the state and the country, but around the world,” Griffin said. “Even though we have dwindling federal funds, our priority should be this sort of research because this helps prevent health problems.”

Governor Hutchinson also expressed the importance of improving health in the state saying that this laboratory could help lead to major improvements. He said that through research and science, the laboratory can help determine a better path for children.

“We can determine what motivates and encourages them in terms of a healthy lifestyle, in terms of eating, and in terms of exercise,” he said. “If we can do this, we’re going to make a difference in the next generation."

Using fitness and physiology tests, the lab will help with science based efforts to combat obesity and diseases. Considering Arkansas ranks as one of the worst states for healthy kids, the governor said this research is crucial.

“If you do not start the habits of a lifetime when they’re children, they are going to be on the wrong course,” he said.

Multiple kids attended Tuesday’s event and demonstrated how the new technology worked. Nathan Nolen was one of the kids who had the opportunity to try out the new equipment.

“It has been really fun trying the equipment and meeting the governor was really cool,” said Nolen.

Hans Edwards, a cross country runner, got to try out the new treadmill. He said being healthy is a lifelong goal kids and adults should always have.

“I just always want to be healthy so I can live my life to the fullest,” said Edwards.

For more information about the ACH Nutrition Center visit this link.