Let’s Move! Active Schools Initiative Launched in the US


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The Let’s Move! Active Schools national initiative encourages schools to help children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity throughout the day. First lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of Let’s Move! Active Schools in Chicago on February 28, 2013 and already schools in Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, have been recognized for providing their students with the opportunity to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

According to the Let’s Move Active Schools Campaign an active school is one that seeks to increase opportunities for:

  1. physical education;
  2. physical activity during school;
  3. physical activity before and after school;
  4. staff involvement; and
  5. family and community engagement.

Let’s Move! Active Schools will leverage opportunities offered through programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 to provide children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. See what students and teachers at Sierra Vista Junior High School have to say about the increase in physical activity in their school.

Organizations like The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN); the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD); and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, have teamed up with the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative to launch Let’s Move! Active Schools. Additionally, private organizations like Nike, the GENYOUth foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente, and the General Mills Foundation, have offered to support this initiative to help schools in America participate in quality physical activity.


Read the full White House press release about the Let’s Move Schools initiative here.

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