Konami today announced a three-year partnership with the State of West Virginia that will help the state’s public school students get in shape with the help of Dance Dance Revolution. Through the program, all 765 West Virginia public schools will be adding DDR to their physical education or health related curriculum based program within the next two years.
“Addressing childhood obesity is among the top priorities of Governor Manchin's administration. DDR offers West Virginia a unique opportunity to turn ’screen time’ into active time while allowing children residing in even the most rugged terrain an opportunity for physical activity,” said Nidia Henderson, Wellness Director of PEIA.
All of the state’s 103 middle/junior high schools will incorporate DDR into their curriculum in the coming months. DDR has a workout mode that allows users to track calories burned and conduct their own fitness regiment. The game has recently been introduced as part of the physical fitness curriculum in multiple school districts in the United States. Additionally, it has been a part of numerous research studies on childhood obesity.