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Safe Routes to School National Partnership Joins First Lady Michelle Obama and Partner Organizations to Kick Off Let’s Move! Active Schools and Fire Up Your Feet

First Lady Michelle Obama
“Parents can play a critical role at home by encouraging their kids to be active.”
-First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! Active Schools launch.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) joined First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago last Thursday to celebrate the third anniversary of Let’s Move! and the official kick-off of Let’s Move! Active Schools, an unprecedented new collaboration to bring physical activity back to schools.

National Partnership director Deb Hubsmith joined leaders of other organizations, including Fire Up Your Feet partners Kaiser Permanente and National PTA. The energy on stage and throughout the auditorium was all about seizing the moment to build momentum for getting kids active in schools.

“Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the National PTA and Kaiser Permanente share goals with Let’s Move! Active Schools around the importance of increasing physical activity for children, school staff and parents,” said Deb Hubsmith. “Fire Up Your Feet is a leap forward in creating positive, early experiences to ensure that every child can achieve 60 minutes of daily physical activity a day while also encouraging schools and communities to be designed to foster safe, convenient, and fun ways to move.”

As the national spotlight turns to increasing physical activity in schools and combating the childhood obesity epidemic through expanding opportunities for physical activity, the national expansion of the Fire Up Your Feet program this spring will create new opportunities for physical activity to, from and at schools and in daily life for students and families around the country.

Parents, school staff, and students can get involved in Fire Up Your Feet today!

  • Sign up for an informational webinar on March 14 from 3-4 p.m. Eastern to learn about bringing Fire Up Your Feet to your state or region. Click here to register.
  • Attend a healthy fundraising webinar to learn more about raising money in a healthy, active way for your school. Click here to see full webinar schedule.
  • Take advantage of free resources for encouraging activity in the classroom, organizing a walk and bike event, developing policies that support physical activity, and more. See all resources.

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