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Let’s Move! Active Schools Celebrates One Year of Major School Changes

The end of February marked the one year Anniversary of Let’s Move! Active Schools, the First Lady’s comprehensive school-based initiative to ensure that all kids have access to a total of 60 minutes of play before, during, and after school.  Since the launch of Let’s Move! Active Schools, over 6,800 schools across all 50 states have signed up, impacting more than 3.5 million students nationwide! Entire districts have also joined the effort, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida; Jefferson County, Kentucky Schools; Washington, DC Public Schools; Los Angeles Unified School District; McAllen Independent School District in Texas; and Putnam County Schools in West Virginia.

To see firsthand how schools are making significant improvements, check out the video below featuring DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo.

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Throughout the school year, with the support of school districts and new organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools has continued to gain momentum to inspire new champions of the program. Just last September, to celebrate DC Public Schools’ commitment to be the first to sign all of its schools up for Let’s Move! Active Schools!, the First Lady joined former NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, U.S. track and field Olympian Allyson Felix, and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition co-chair Dominique Dawes, for an afternoon of fun, physical activities with Orr Elementary students. The First Lady also addressed educators and administrators about the important role they play in transforming the school health environment for kids.

We are making major strides in combatting childhood obesity, and now more than ever, we need to continue our commitment to promoting regular physical activity and good nutrition in our schools. With a goal of reaching 50,000 schools across the country over the next five years, we need more champions across the Nation to ensure that future generations of children are running, jumping and kicking to reach their greatest potential! Learn more about Let’s Move! Active Schools and sign your school or district up here!