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Before School Fitness Club Gets Students Moving

Green Bay - A new fitness club at Danz Elementary School in Green Bay aims to get students moving before the bell even rings. 

It's currently a pilot program the school hopes to expand in the fall. 

Third grade students at Danz Elementary start their day working up a sweat. 

"A lot of the activities we do here are fitness based. They're a lot of things I do in my regular physical education class," explained physical education teacher Adam Hansen. 

It's called the Get Out of Bed Early or "GOOB" club. 

"I get healthy because I run and get exercise," said student Jordan Lebeau.

The school's physical education teacher invited twenty third graders who may benefit from extra activity to participate in the pilot program which started two months ago.

 "I see these kids a lot, so I take it as my responsibility to get these kids in shape and get them active. It's something I'm very passionate about," explained Hansen.

Students get to school an hour early and rotate to stations like rock climbing. 

The goal is to promote lifelong healthy habits. 

"I think it's really good to keep them motivated. Nowadays not too many kids want to go outside. They're always glued to the electronics. This gets them really energized in the morning," said parent Hortencia Hernandez.

Live54218, an organization dedicated to healthy living is part of Danz's wellness committee, says clubs like this are becoming more popular. 

"It's part of the reason we try to get kids to walk and bike to school because you get some of that activity built into the day," said assistant director, Melinda Morella.

The school hopes to expand the program next year, possibly to include all students and measure how they're are doing.

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