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Let’s Move! Active Schools - What is it?

Here’s the problem – only one in three kids is active every day!!
Here’s a result – active kids get up to 40 percent higher test scores

We need to get kids active. Let’s Move! Active Schools is a national program that promotes active students by encouraging schools to focus on five key areas:

  1. Physical Education - Learn how to build physical education programs that are inclusive, effective, and engaging.
  2. Physical Activity During School - Explore creative solutions for classroom-based physical activity that enhance existing lesson plans.
  3. Physical Activity Before and After School - Access programming guides and toolkits for successful before and after school programs.
  4. Staff Involvement - Find out how staff can effectively advocate for physical activity, from program planning to day-to-day details.
  5. Family and Community Engagement - Learn what steps you can take to make your school your community’s center for physical activity.

To support Active Schools, Let's Move! has published a range of tools on:

  • Physical Education
  • Physical Activity During School
  • Physical Activity Before & After School
  • Staff Involvement
  • Community & Family Engagement

They also have some grant funding available:

Active Schools Acceleration Project - 1,000 to start the program of your choice: 100 Mile Club, BOKS, or Just Move. We're awarding Acceleration Grants to 1,000 schools across the country.

Fuel Up to Play 60 - Up to $4,000 per year is available to any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.

Presidential Youth Fitness Program - This funding opportunity supports participation in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program for a period of two years—providing eligible schools with 100% of the elements that make up the three core pillars of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program for Year 1 and 50% matching support for Year 2.

It's a win-win-win situation. Kids win because they get healthier. Teachers win because kids are better able to concentrate. Schools win with grants and other support.

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