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Thousands of Schoolchildren Simultaneously Perform Cupid Shuffle to Promote Physical Fitness

January 19, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nearly 100,000 students at about 700 public schools across West Virginia shuffled their way to a healthy heart on Thursday by simultaneously performing the Cupid Shuffle on Physical Activity Day at exactly 1 p.m.

Children performed the popular hip-hop line dance at their respective schools as well as at the Capitol Rotunda, where “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. joined in on the fun. The dance performance was part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Let’s Move! West Virginia Active Schools project and the national Let’s Move! campaign to raise a generation of healthier kids.

Cupid Shuffle
Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, joins Mary Weikle with the Office of Healthy Schools and students from Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston to perform the Cupid Shuffle. Nearly 100,000 students across West Virginia simultaneously performed the line dance on Physical Activity Day. 

“Any time we can encourage children to be active it is a good thing,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Schools and physical education are critical to addressing childhood obesity and other health issues. Much of the food students eat each day as well as their physical activity happens at school. If we can get kids more involved and interested in exercise, good nutrition and overall wellness, their quality of life will greatly improve.”

Let’s Move! WV supports the state Board of Education’s health and wellness efforts to make physical wellness a priority as the state strives to educate the whole child. Physical Activity Day activities also included the launch of the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan to support healthy living for all West Virginians.

The event garnered national accolades from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for raising awareness among students and parents on the importance of physical activity.

“Currently, less than 20 percent of schools in the U.S. provide opportunities for students to be physically active throughout their day,” said Brad Strand of North Dakota State University and president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. “It is our hope that West Virginia Physical Activity Day will serve as a model for other states to emulate.”

Let’s Move! WV promotes West Virginia’s physical education and wellness curriculum by providing non-competitive physical activity aimed at engaging students in fun, recreational and lifelong learning opportunities. Let’s Move! WV Physical Activity Resource Guide is available online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools.

Others participating in Physical Activity Day events included Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, state legislators, the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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