Michelle Obama Launches “Let’s Move Active Schools” Campaign
Medical authorities advise that children get at least one hour of exercise daily. Do you ever worry whether your child is getting the recommended amount of active time every day? Michelle Obama, who has been an advocate to end childhood obesity since she became the First Lady, launched a new part of the “Let’s Move!” initiative: “Let’s Move! Active Schools.”
According to LetsMoveSchools.org, only one in three kids are active every day, and only six states require physical education in every grade. But according to research, children who are active have up to 40% higher test scores, and have better attendance and discipline. Lets Move! Active Schools says we can help kids reach their potential in two ways: “1. Create early, positive physical activity experiences for kids. 2. Integrate physical activity into everyday life.”
Mrs. Obama says that because of budget cuts, many schools have cut funding from physical education in order to leave more money for academic instruction, according to Yahoo news.
“With each passing year, schools feel like it's just getting harder to find the time, the money and the will to help our kids be active. But just because it's hard doesn't mean we should stop trying,” said Mrs. Obama. “It means we should try harder. It means that all of us — not just educators, but businesses and nonprofits and ordinary citizens — we all need to dig a little deeper, start getting more creative.”
Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010. According to LetsMove.gov, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years. “Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.”
I think this new initiative for Let’s Move! is a great idea. Kids spend about half of their waking hours in school every day, so why not use that time to not only improve their physical health, but their academic performance?
What do you think?
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