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West Virginia Schools to Compete for a Third Straight JAM Day National Title

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January 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools are making a move on another JAM Day national title. West Virginia will join schools and organizations from around the world on February 12, 2015 for a Just-A-Minute (JAM) fitness break. For two years in a row West Virginia has had more schools participate than any other state in the nation.

JAM Day for JAM World Record is the first of its kind physical activity campaign created to rally everyone to pause wherever they are at 10:00 a.m. their local time for a quick fitness break to promote the importance of making physical activity a lifelong daily habit.

West Virginia is leading the charge based on the number of schools across the state that are currently signed up and planning to participate. As the date quickly approaches, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is leading a statewide push for more schools to sign up now.

Schools and organizations can find out more information and sign up at the JAM Day World Record site http://www.jamschoolprogram.com/jamday. In addition, the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan has partnered in this venture by tracking the schools and organizations across the state that are currently signed up. http://wvphysicalactivity.org/

The WVDE believes that healthy active students make better learners and works with schools and communities to create healthier environments. In July 2014, the West Virginia Board of Education updated Policy 2510 Assuring Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs which requires 30 minutes of exercise every day for K-12 public schoolchildren. In addition, the WVDE Office of Early Learning created a video series to promote high quality physical education at the following site; http://wvde.state.wv.us/oel/physical-activity-resources.php. Finally, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition recently congratulated the WVDE for its commitment to the Let's Move! Active Schools initiative. As the first state to have at least one school from each school district enrolled in Active Schools, West Virginia is leading the way in ensuring that the state's youth will grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

For more information about JAM Day, contact the WVDE Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.

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