First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her Sweet Home Chicago as part of a national Let’s Move tour to make a major announcement to bring physical activity back to schools.
Our First Lady will share the stage at the McCormick Center with politicians, executives and olympic athletes. She will be joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Bob Harper, Bo Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Sarah Reinertsen, Paul Rodriguez, Serena Williams, a surprise musical guest. This event is being hosted by American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
AGC’s 5th grade class will join thousands of Chicago area teachers and students in the audience. These students will represent AGC and our comprehensive approach to nutrition, wellness and physical activity.
Studies show that kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day to stay healthy. Unfortunately, American youth spend an average of 7 or more hours a day in front of a screen, and only 1 in 3 kids is active daily. In addition to the health benefits of an active lifestyle, research indicates that regular physical activity can improve test scores, classroom behavior and attendance.
Despite this evidence, only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools and 2% of high schools currently offer daily P.E. and only 9 states require recess in elementary schools. The Academy for Global Citizenship offers daily physical education opportunities: daily yoga and over 135 minutes of physical education per week.
Young Chicagoans spend about half their time in schools, and the First Lady will call on leaders to work together to support schools’ efforts to ensure that all kids get the physical activity they need to stay healthy and succeed in school.