Physical activity isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
—Let’s Move Active Schools
Children who are physically active are healthier and do better in school, yet only 1 in 3 kids are active daily. To reverse this trend, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Let’s Move Active Schools, during the Chicago stop of her Let’s Move! Anniversary Tour.
This exciting, new initiative, aimed at increasing physical activity in children through positive, fun experiences and changes to the built environment, will be lead by 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, in partnership with NIKE, Inc. and Kaiser Permanente.
The program offers support to schools and communities through grants and ready-to-use tools to crate more a more physically active environment to school children. The goal is to engage 50,000 schools over the next five years to show kids that physical activity is fun and can help them reach their greatest potential.
As part of their commitment to Let’s Move Active Schools, Kaiser Permanente has launched Fire Up Your Feet, a national program implemented by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership in collaboration with the National PTA.
The goal is to encourage families, students and schools to walk more, play more, and find the joy of being physically active. Kaiser Permantene’s sponsorship of Fire Up Your Feet is part of it’s national Every Body Walk campaign to get America moving.
Fire Up Your Feet is the first major initiative of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools: A Partnership for Healthy Students, Staff, and Teachers. This comprehensive national health initiative provides tools and resources to support good health as part of everyday life at school.
Thriving Schools is focued on improving school lunches and increasing physical activity to create a culture of health and wellness in schools. “Schools are an important environment for supporting the health improvement of our members and communities. Thriving Schools will have a significant, lasting and positive impact,” said Raymond J. Baxter, senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy.
- read the White House Let’s Move Active Schools press release
- read the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools press release
- read the SRTS National Partnership Fire Up Your Feet press release