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Move-A-Palooza Has Students Shaking in Their Seats as the West Virginia Department of Education Encourages Students to Move

May 02, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students across West Virginia strapped on their dancing shoes for "Let’s Move-A-Palooza West Virginia." Move-A-Palooza was a coordinated effort to have schoolchildren take part in the Cha-Cha Slide at exactly 10 a.m. on Tuesday. State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple joined the students at Elk Elementary Center in Kanawha County. The celebration was another step in the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) push to get students moving in the classroom.

“Given the significant amount of time students spend at school, it is a key place for kids to get a portion of the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day,” Marple said. “Physical education classes and recess are built into the school day but I would like to see schools use a combination of strategies to help children get an additional 15 minutes of daily exercise.”

"Let’s Move-A-Palooza West Virginia" is part of the larger "Let’s Move! WV Active Schools Campaign." More than 250 schools and 82,000 students participated in the event. To see a full list of participating schools visit: http://www.wvphysicalactivity.org/?pid=31

"Let’s Move! WV" is an initiative that supports the state Board of Education’s health and wellness efforts. The campaign aims to provide non-competitive physical activity intended to engage 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.

“Any time we can encourage children to be active it is a good thing,” Marple said. “If we can get kids more involved and interested in exercise, good nutrition and overall wellness, their quality of life will greatly improve.”

West Virginia is one of two states to systematically develop a Statewide Physical Activity Plan modeled after the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) that was released in 2010. "Let's Move! WV" is part of the state plan.

For more information call the WVDE Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.

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