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Locally started program gets school children active in the classroom.

Students at Parkside Elementary in Fond du Lac do their ActiveEDU training on May 20th, 2016. (WLUK/Alexa Santos)

What started as an idea turned into reality for Jordan Rhodes.

He created a program called ActiveEDU.

It promotes fitness for school children.

Rhodes, the founder of ActiveEDU, said, "They're sitting on their butts in the classroom all day, they need to get up and moving."

ActiveEDU is used right in the classroom. It walks students through various exercises while they learn, so the children don't miss out on teaching time.

Rhodes said, "So it gets them up and moving while also reinforcing the material."

Rhodes is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh.

As a student, he initially received some funding from the college's entrepreneurship center.

Then, he made a big connection.

Steve Little, the President and CEO of Agnesian Healthcare, said, "He caught my attention. That programming is exactly what we need to do to have an impact in the schools."

Agnesian Healthcare sponsors the program.

And it'll now be used in the Fond du Lac school district.

Marian Sheridan, the Fond du Lac School District Director of Health, Safety, Attendance, and Transportatio, said, "I think it's always important to us to look for opportunities on how to get kids active."

Kindergarten teacher Penny Collin was happy to get on board.

"I think we refresh our brain, kind of like a clean slate, I think many of our students need that," Collin said.

Rhodes said, "Not only increased activity level, but also academic performance and behavior in children."

Little said, "We have data that proves that were making progress."

Progress that Rhodes hopes to build on.

Rhodes said, "The big goal for me is to be able to impact as many kids as possible, and really change their behavior and attitudes toward healthy lifestyles."

Hoping to create good, healthy behaviors for children to follow for the rest of their lives.

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