Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the norm in K-12 schools, honored Rogers Middle School with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment.
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes a day of before, during and after school physical activity. Only 544 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2016.
“We are so honored and excited about this national recognition,” said Kathy Beezley, school nurse at Rogers Middle School. “For seven years now, we have been working with our students to emphasize and educate them on the importance of being active. Every student at Rogers Middle School now knows they should be up and moving and engaged in a physical activity at least 60 minutes each day.”
Powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources, programs, professional development and grants to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment.
Why are Active Schools so important? Because Active Kids Do Better. Regular physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to: higher test scores; improved attendance; increased focus; better behavior in class; enhanced leadership skills; and a lifetime of healthy habits.
Adds Beezley, “Our teachers are regularly looking at ways to incorporate active movement in their classrooms. From yoga to gaga, or running or walking the trail to getting up and moving around the room as part of a class activity in math, we are finding ways to keep our kids active while learning.”
“We commend Rogers Middle School’s model work around enhancing physical education and physical activity opportunities and inspiring students to go from zero to sixty both in the classroom and in life,” said Charlene R. Burgeson, Let’s Move! Active Schools Executive Director. “Rogers is leading the way in this generation-changing movement that is transforming our nation’s schools into active and healthy hubs.”
To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National 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.
As part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award package, Rogers Middle School received a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady.
This school year, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Let’s Move! Active Schools is excited to celebrate its National Award schools and to help more students accelerate their journey to leading a healthy, active lifestyle. In support the Council’s #0to60 campaign, Let’s Move! Active Schools will provide school champions with continued information, resources, and inspiration needed to build healthier lives for future generations.
Find out more about Let’s Move! Active Schools at www.letsmoveschools.org.