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West Virginia Receives National Recognition for Physical Activity In Schools

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June 22, 2016

Martirano and Point Harmony students
State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano participates in a physical activity with students from Point Harmony Elementary.
Let's Move Active Schools
Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, recognized West Virginia as being the first state in the nation to enroll all public elementary schools in Let’s Move Active Schools. Pictured from left are: Joshua Grant, Coordinator with the Office of Middle and Secondary Learning, Dr. Howell Wechsler, State Board of Education President, Mike Green, State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano and Brian Aluise, representative for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia received a national recognition today for becoming the first state in the nation to enroll all 441 public elementary school in Let’s Move! Active Schools (LMAS). LMAS is the national initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activity day is the norm in schools across America. LMAS is a resource to equip teachers with easy ways of integrating more physical activity before, during and after the school day.

Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, presented the recognition to State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano and State Board of Education President, Mike Green today during the 2016 KidStrong conference at the Charleston Civic Center.

“I celebrate this achievement because we know physical activity helps improve academic achievement, self-esteem and classroom discipline,” Martirano said. “Simply put, active students make better learners and it is critical for the future of our state that we educate our students on the importance of being active every day and living healthy lifestyles.”

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation in celebration of the achievement which congratulated West Virginia schools and educators for their commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for West Virginia’s children.

Enrollment in the program means providing teachers across the state with the resources needed to seamlessly integrate physical activity into the school day. This achievement placed West Virginia in the national spotlight, earning direct praise from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and sets a standard for states across the country.

For more information, visit, http://www.letsmoveschools.org/ or contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558­-2699 or kristin.anderson@k12.wv.us.

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