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Let's Move! Georgia Schools Challenge

September 3, 2013

Originally published Sep 12, 2011

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. President Barack Obama marked the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month with a proclamation calling on all Americans to "take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our Nation's children."

With obesity affecting more than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S., it is important to encourage children to be active and eat healthy. Georgia’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative has several school-based events planned for September in observance of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Let's Move! Georgia Schools Challenge is a project to encourage statewide school participation in the Move Your Body dance created by Beyonce for the Let's Move! campaign. The challenge is an opportunity for schools to learn the dance, perform the dance and submit YouTube videos of their school's performance to potentially be featured on the Live Healthy Georgia website. Many schools nation-wide have participated in this activity and Georgia schools have an opportunity to participate as well and to observe Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Team is partnering with the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders and Georgia State University Cheerleaders and Georgia State University Dance Team to promote fitness, exercise, fun and health to local schools. They will meet with designated schools and students to teach them the Move Your Body dance and combinations.

“Georgia State is honored to participate in the Let's Move! Georgia Schools Challenge,” said Brittany Edmondson, GSU Dance Team Coach. “This event promotes healthy and happier lifestyles for all ages and our spirit teams know how important it is to stay active. The challenge can be fun and entertaining for all participants.”

The GSU dance team hopes to instill the importance of staying active and that exercise is a fun and positive part of growing up!

The two local dance organizations will teach the Move Your Body dance to students at metro Atlanta schools including the Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy High School, Harper-Archer Middle School (After School-All Stars program), and Buchanan Elementary School. Your school can participate in the Move Your Body challenge by contacting Monica Barnett, Physical Activity Coordinator.

These three schools will perform the dance at their school's assembly for their peers, teachers, school staff, family members and invited guests at the end of September.

“We are excited to provide opportunities for schools in Georgia to be active and have fun to observe Childhood Obesity Awareness Month,” said Monica Barnett, Physical Activity Coordinator. “They will enjoy working with the cheerleaders and dance teams and will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.”