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Thursday, September 03, 2015



Hoover, AL (September, 2015) – Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, honored Gwin Elementary with the 2015 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an Active School environment.

The award celebrates a school’s commitment to integrating at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. Only 525 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor.

Studies show that Active Kids Do Better: Physical activity not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, and enhanced leadership and interpersonal skills.

The Let’s Move! Active Schools collaborative works together to transform the physical activity and physical education culture in America’s schools. By streamlining the selection of programs, resources, professional development and funding opportunities and delivering each school a customized Action Plan, Let’s Move! Active Schools results in children moving for the nationally-recommended 60 minutes a day.

The 2014-15 Gwin Elementary Wellness Committee, Administrators, and CNP Staff led this Active Schools movement, spearheading a comprehensive effort to help students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.

“The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical activity and physical education distinction for K-12 schools,” said Charlene Burgeson, Let’s Move! Active Schools Executive Director. “We commend Gwin Elementary School’s exemplary work around and commitment to active learning environments. Gwin’s faculty, staff and students are paving the way to a healthier, higher-performing and more successful generation of youth.”

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family & community engagement.

Gwin Elementary was provided with a banner, certificate and congratulatory letter from the First Lady to proudly display their dedication to improving children’s health and academic performance.


Let’s Move! Active Schools is the national solution to ensure 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the new norm for schools. Powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations, Let’s Move! Active Schools helps schools develop a culture in which physical activity and physical education are foundational to academic success. Let’s Move! Active Schools National Collaborative: Action for Healthy Kids, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Athletes for Hope, BOKS, ChildObesity180, GENYOUth Foundation, GoNoodle, Good Sports, Kaiser Permanente, KIDS in the GAME, Let’s Move!, NBA FIT, NIKE, Inc., Partnership for a Healthier America, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, SHAPE America, SPARK, U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, USA Track & Field. Find out more at


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