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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
More Than 3 Million Students Will Participate in Let's Move in School During National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 1-7)
RESTON, VA, April 29, 2011 – More than three million students representing more than 4,500 schools will participate in Let's Move in School (LMIS) next week during National Physical Education and Sport Week. A national initiative to increase physical activity before, during and after school, Let's Move in School is in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign and is a project of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Activities are planned throughout the week beginning on Sunday, May 1 when Parkway School District in Ballwin, MO hosts SHAPE UP to LIVE FIT, a health and wellness expo expected to attract over 5,000 children and their families. LMIS representative Dennis Docheff, president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), will participate with former American idol contestants Nikko Smith and Aloha Mischeaux, among others.
In addition, AAHPERD/NASPE member Coach Cate Dill of Sudbury, MA, who is walking and biking across the U.S. to motivate all Americans to live healthy, physically active lives, has now completed 3,000 of her 5,300-mile trip. During May 1-7 the middle school physical education teacher will be in Maryland meeting with school children as part of her "Let's Get Moving America" journey.
"Although it has been established by research that a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity a day is essential for student health and academic performance, we are challenged with how to offer adequate physical education and physical activity in the face of other education demands," said Brad Strand, AAHPERD President. "Let's Move in School provides a cohesive message along with tools and resources to implement a comprehensive school physical activity program."
With physical education instruction as the cornerstone, a comprehensive school physical activity program enables students to practice and apply movement skills in a culture of active learning. These "active outlets" include morning announcements, classroom activity breaks, integration of activity into classroom lessons, recess, activity clubs, walk to school programs and intramural and interscholastic sports.
Let's Move in School brings together leading national and state associations, federal and corporate partners to help schools coordinate physical activity before, during and after school. Strategic partners are ASCD, American Association of School Administrators (AASA), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and National School Boards Association (NSBA).The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition serves as a federal partner along with more than 40 national nonprofits and six district and 50-state AAHPERD associations as supporters.
Supported by the following corporate partners, Let's Move in School is committed to improving physical activity among youth: the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, American Beverage Association, HERSHEY's Track & Field Games, ING, Skillastics, Dance, Dance Revolution, GenMove, HOPSports, PlayCore, Playworld Systems, SPARK, Speed Stacks, and the United States Tennis Association. To find out more about the initiative and access promotional videos and tools, visit www.LetsmoveInSchool.org.
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