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 Northside Elementary 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 the opportunity of before, during and after school physical activity. Only 544 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor in 2016.
“I am extremely proud of our school. We have an amazing community of teachers, students and families who all contribute to making the healthy choices the easy choices at Northside Elementary,” Northside Principal Roz Craney said. “Our teachers and staff are excellent role models who empower our students to be the best they can be as individuals and as students of the Northside community.”
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.
Craney and the Northside teachers and staff are excellent role models who reinforce the research that indicates that happy, healthy kids and classrooms lead to a more successful learning environment. Craney and his staff work closely with the PTO Wellness Committee and Northside families to create school activities that encourage students to thrive academically and personally.
“We commend Northside Elementary 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. “Northside Elementary School 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, Northside Elementary 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.
Visit the Let’s Move! Active Schools website to learn more.