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Get Moving in May for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Summary: 
The month highlights the importance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and participating in your favorite sports.

May 1st marks the start of the annual National Physical Fitness and Sports Month , led by the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition.  The month highlights the importance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and participating in your favorite sports.

That’s why National Physical Education & Sport Week exit disclaimer – observed May 1-7 – is the perfect kick off. May is the ideal time to get outside, be active, and enjoy nice weather.  Warm weather motivates people to get moving.  The sunny days entice kids to venture outdoors for free play, sports, and a healthy dose of physical activity.

While it’s great to see our youth outside and active when the weather is nice, they need physical education and activity year-round.  Studies have shown that active kids do better!  When children are active, they perform better academically, have better attendance, and behavior improves.

Let’s Move! exit disclaimer Active Schools – part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative – is working to bring physical education and activity back to our nation’s schools.  The President’s Council is proud to announce that over 15,000 schools have joined the Let’s Move! Active Schools movement!

First Lady Michelle Obama, and PCFSN Co-Chiar and Olympian Dominque Dawes lead a dance during a PALA+ event.

These schools are working hard to promote a culture in which physical activity and physical education underpin academic success.  Let’s Move! Active Schools equips school leaders and teachers with the resources and tools to incorporate at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during, and after the school day.  It also ensures that movement is a fundamental part of a child’s educational experience.

Currently, Let’s Move! Active Schools positively impacts the lives of over 8 million youth through physical education.  But we need you to keep the movement going and growing!  The President’s Council is looking for school champions – physical education and classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to be a part of the movement.

How can you help?  Work with your child’s school to become a part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools movement.   Sign up now! exit disclaimer

To the 15,000+ Let’s Move! Active Schools, we challenge you to join the First Lady’s #GimmeFive challenge. Post five things your school is doing to help students eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life.  Let’s show everyone how active schools across the country are getting students moving, not just during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, but all year long!

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