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Momentum Grows for Alliance-wide Let’s Move in School Initiative

“Excitement for the Alliance-wide ‘Let’s Move in School ’ initiative is growing as all national associations, the Research Consortium, all of the district associations, and currently (Dec 15) 46 state AHPERDs have signed memorandums of agreement to be Strategic Partners,” reports Vicki Worrell, AAHPERD President.  Let’s Move in School is designed to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign which seeks to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.  Of course we want all children to be healthy, and active lifelong.

 

Let’s Move in School (LMIS) is a public awareness and action initiative targeted at physical education teachers, parents, principals, superintendents, and school boards with the goal of ensuring that every school provides a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) – with quality physical education as the foundation –so that students will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.  The five components of a CSPAP are physical education, physical activity during school, physical activity before and after school, staff involvement, and family and community involvement.

Through a national webinar on Tuesday, February 1, from 1-2 pm EST, the initiative will be officially introduced, key partners will be announced, with a “call to action” to Celebrate Let’s Move in School During National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7, 2011.  The webinar is targeted at AAHPERD’s district and state AHPERD leaders, state associations of partner organizations, physical education teachers, and other school health advocates.  Visit the Let’s Move in School website (www.LetsMoveinSchool.org) for the latest information about the February 1 webinar.   

In the months ahead, Let’s Move in School will promote the value of physical education and school-based physical activity through national publications, social media channels, and grassroots events.  The
initiative identifies AAHPERD members and physical education teachers and coordinators as the experts and advocates for quality physical education and comprehensive school physical activity programs.