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DPH, DOE Offering Webinars to Help Schools Get Moving

December 13, 2013

Originally published Aug. 26, 2013

When the bell rings in the morning at Arcado Elementary School in Gwinnett County, students who walk or bicycle to school already have their hearts pumping. In math classes at Chestnut Mountain Elementary in Hall County, kids are using pedometers to track their daily steps and calculate distances, calories burned and miles walked.

It's all part of an effort to get Georgia children moving more during the school day with Power Up for 30, a voluntary program that encourages schools to incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity into the school day.

To help schools get started with Power Up for 30, the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are offering a webinar series featuring tips and best practices from schools designated by Gov. Nathan Deal as "champions" -- schools that have already added 30 minutes of physical activity into the school day in practical and innovative ways.

The series of three webinars begins Aug. 28. Each webinar is about 30 minutes long and will offer ideas on how to add movement before, during and after school. The goal is to inspire other schools and empower them to develop similar initiatives.

In the first webinar, Linette Dodson and Kelli Cook of Carrollton City Schools will present their top-quality school nutrition approach and corresponding involvement with Lets Move Active Schools. Joellen Wilson, a parent wellness champion at Arcado Elementary, will discuss the school's Georgia Safe Routes program and community-based "Walk N' Roll" days.

Research shows a strong positive relationship between physical activity and academic achievement. Incorporating just 30 minutes of physical activity into the daily school routine, without altering the academic schedule, can make children more alert and ready to learn while improving attendance and test performance. Therese McGuire, program specialist in health and physical education at DOE, said the potential to improve student health and learning is why DOE is committed to supporting Power Up for 30.

"It is wonderful to be a part of a movement to provide Georgia students, especially elementary school students, opportunities to be physically active before, during or after the school day," McGuire said. "The voluntary Power Up for 30 initiative is a great way to help our students be at their best."

Campaign representatives from DPH and DOE will moderate each webinar as participants present. At the end of each session, all webinar attendees will be able to use the web-based conference interface to ask questions and join in the discussion.

No pre-registration is required, and everyone is invited to join the webinars on the following dates and times:

Good Morning? Get Moving! - Making the most of BEFORE school time

Wed., Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Brain Breaks and Deskersizing - Making the most of DURING school time

Wed., Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Action After the Bell Rings - Making the most of AFTER school time

Wed., Sept. 18, 3:30p.m.-4:30 p.m.

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