Racine family wins health challenge, meets Donald Driver
(WISN)-- What does a future Packer Hall of Famer and healthy eating have in common?
WISN 12 News reporter Mike Anderson got the answer when Donald Driver dropped in on a Racine family Friday.
Driver is no stranger to Wisconsin families, but he's closer to the Szymczaks than some after visiting them Friday.
Out of 1,700 Wisconsin families the Symczaks won the 2015 Driven to Better Health challenge.
Driver and Children's Hospital established the program to promote active and healthy lifestyles through school and family based events.
"We have one of the highest obesity rates right here in the state of Wisconsin, and we can make excuses for everything, and say, 'It's the weather in the winter time that keeps us in,' but we have to realize that we have to start at home. Everything starts at home as far as if you want to be healthy," Driver said.
The contest was judged online and the Szymczaks won, demonstrating improved nutrition, physical education and physical activity by planting and tending to a vegetable garden as a family.
"There's tomatoes, peppers, green onions, Swiss chard and cucumbers," Denise Szymczak said.
Driver said anyone can make excuses or have reasons for not eating healthy but look at this family.
"This family didn't have the time. They have two kids that have a disability that they have to tend with. They made time, and that's what it's all about making time," Driver said.
Driver said he's driving people to good health, and that's a good thing.
The Driven to Better Health campaign started in 2014 with a school challenge that was won by Riverside Elementary School in Fond du Lac.