Bringing Exercise Back to School: LetsMoveSchools

Let's Move! Michelle Obama's call for healthier schools

As a green fundraiser company that hopes to help schools across the country go green and implement healthier habits with our reusable bag fundraiser, we love hearing about other go-green and health-conscious initiatives. We think the health of students and their communities should come first, and we’re happy to share first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign, LetsMoveSchools.org, with everyone. The organization’s goal is to engage 50,000 students over the next 5 years.

This wonderful program provides simple steps and tools to help schools create more active environments so students get a total of 60 minutes of physical activity before, during, and after the school day. Mrs. Obama is calling on school teachers, families, and communities everywhere to work together to achieve the ambitious goal set out by the organization.

Several groups, including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD), are managing the new program. Several companies, including Nike, General Mills, Kaiser Permanente, and the GENYOUth foundation are committing over $20 million collectively towards the program to help the schools kick-start the program.

Let’s Move! Schools are combining existing elements and programs with the new resources to provide individual support for schools. It involves mobilizing teachers, administrators, and even parents to be “school champions” for their community and sign up at LetsMoveSchools.org. They will then be guided through a 6-step process to increase physical activity and get students moving throughout the day. The program provides resources, such as in-person training and program activation grants, for schools to achieve their goals.

According to physical activity guidelines, children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day in order to stay healthy. Regular physical activity enhances concentration and problem solving, and yet kids today are more sedentary than they have ever been. Since kids spend a significant amount of time in school. Michelle Obama wanted to focus on changes in the school environment so that all students can stay healthy and reach their potential. LetsMoveSchools will give participating schools access to low-cost solutions and ongoing support to build a more active school and make movement a priority for all students.

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