Today, Let’s Move! Active Schools announced its 2014 National Recognition Award winners, recognizing 698 U.S. schools for their outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment.
The award celebrates a school’s commitment to helping students learn, focus and grow through the integration of physical activity before, during and after the school day. The recipient list includes schools from 42 states plus Washington D.C.
“We know that incorporating physical activity into the school day sets kids up for success both in school and in life, so I commend the extraordinary work of these schools, especially the physical educators, principals, district leaders, parents and students, that have championed an Active School environment,” First Lady Michelle Obama said.
She added, “These schools are paving the way to a new America – one where being active is the norm.”
Studies show that active kids do better. Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class and lower rates of childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-aged youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Powered by a national collaboration of leading health and education organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools streamlines the selection of programs, resources, professional development and funding opportunities, and delivers a customized action plan – making it simple for teachers and strategic for administrators. Ultimately, Let’s Move! Active Schools helps schools develop a culture in which physical activity and physical education are foundational to academic success.
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.
Honorees are provided with a banner, certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady to proudly display their dedication to improving student physical and cognitive health.
Click HERE for the list of 2014 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Recognition Award winners.