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Partners in Education: Battling Childhood Obesity

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Partners in Education: Battling Childhood Obesity

By Brie Groves. CREATED Oct 8, 2013

GREEN BAY - One in four adults in Wisconsin are considered obese. But a Green Bay school is working to change that statistic, starting at a young age.

At Danz Elementary School, staff is working hard to help children make a lifestyle change by incorporating some unique activities into their school days.

Adam Hansen has been teaching physical education classes at Danz for the past three years.

"I'm excited to come in and do my job. It's to see the kids' faces smiling and laughing and having a great time," he said.

Hansen's passion to help the kids adapt to a healthy lifestyle has added benefits like higher self-esteem, better test scores, and healthier immune systems.

This week, he's having students take part in a "Pyramid Battle" -- where math and literacy are mixed with running, jumping and climbing.

You can also expect to see more foot traffic around some of Wisconsin's elementary schools tomorrow morning. Hundreds of local students will be adding some extra physical fitness to their routine, as part of International Walk to School Day.