West Virginia Schools Bust a Move with Beyoncé

May 02, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia middle school students joined Beyoncé and first lady Michelle Obama for the “Let's Move! Flash Workout” (www.letsmove.gov) on Tuesday as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity.


Four West Virginia schools – DuPont Middle School in Kanawha County, Hamilton Middle School in Wood County, Beckley-Stratton Middle School in Raleigh County and Tyler Consolidated Middle School – were featured as middle school students across the country participate in the “Let's Move!” dance exercise routine.

“West Virginia schools are dedicated to increasing the awareness of what can be done to address childhood obesity,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Participation in the “Let's Move! Flash Workout” event is a great example of how to educate children about the importance of being healthy and active, a lesson that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

The event, produced in partnership with the National Middle School Association (NMSA), the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), emphasized the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle for children.

The “Let’s Move! Flash Workout” supports 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.

The curriculum focuses on participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity as a regular part of the day and shows students the importance schools place on being healthy and active.

In addition to Friday's event, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has other initiatives promoting health and physical activity among children. On June 9 and 10 at the Charleston Civic Center, the WVDE, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall University and the West Virginia Immunization Network will sponsor KidStrong: Joining Forces for Healthy Kid. The coordinated school public health approach will address the health and safety of students in instruction, service delivery, school climate and immunizations.

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

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