First lady announces new website to help students exercise

Imagine students learning their ABCs while dancing, or memorizing multiplication tables while doing jumping jacks.

Some schools are using both methods of instruction, and Michelle Obama would like to see more of them use creative ways to help their students get the recommended hour of daily exercise they need.

As part of her “Let’s Move” program, a three-year-old campaign against childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama has announced a new website where school officials can sign up to get started.

According to the site, only 6 percent of states require physical education at every grade level. Just 20 percent of school districts require daily recess, and only one in three children is active every day. Yet active students perform better on tests, have better concentration, and show better behavior.

The website offers ideas for turning schools into “active schools,” and it includes links to grants and other resources to help with this effort.

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