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Zumba in the Classroom Fights Obesity

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Zumba is dancing its way into classrooms as a way to combat childhood obesity. Officials say childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last 30 years.

Nichole Shaw is teaching Zumba to children at Hoover and Jacksonville Elementary every week. The licensed Zumba instructor hopes the classes can help inspire students to live a healthier lifestyles. Shaw says she hopes to get Zumba implemented into more schools in the Rogue Valley.

“It’s really, really pulling the shy kids out of their shells and bringing up their self-esteem to be able to get out in front of tons of other kids and do their thing,” explained Shaw.

Shaw will also be teaching free Zumba classes for kids of all ages for the next three Saturdays at a dance studio on Biddle Road.