Today, the Lane Report shared news that our Education Commissioner, Terry Holliday is "committed to improving the health and wellness of Kentucky's students. ‘Let’s Move!’ helps schools create active environments that get students moving every day and supports their success in school.”
What a breathe of fresh air! A leader that recognizes the link between health and learning! Nearly 50 Kentucky school districts have signed up for the initiative that supports schools using a needs assessment tool, like the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program Inventory, developing an action plan and working on overall physical education, physical activity during/before/after school and professional development/support to school staff to get more kids moving during their time on school grounds.
Yes, I love that my new home state is implementing national initiatives that bring together an array of strong partners. But, I'm most impressed that our educational leader sees that our students won't achieve to their full potential unless they are healthy.
More from the article:
The Kentucky Board of Education Health Subcommittee will officially recognize all Kentucky school districts that have made a commitment to the “Let’s Move!” Active Schools initiative at the Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) convention Feb. 20 in Lexington. Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCFSN), will be a featured speaker and will help present recognition certificates to participating district superintendents.
AAHPERD and PCFSN serve as the managing partners of the “Let’s Move!” Active Schools program and work closely with organizations across sectors to support the program. Participating schools receive priority for physical education and physical activity grants associated with the program, customized technical assistance and professional development. Any U.S. school can enroll and receive assistance and support at no cost. For more information, visit letsmove.gov.