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"World's Largest Exercise Class" Gets Kids Active Around the Globe

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – In conjunction with Exercise is Medicine™ Month, "The World's Largest Exercise Class" is coming to schools around the world this Wednesday, May 5.

Project ACES™ – All Children Exercise Simultaneously – engages millions of children, parents, and teachers each year to participate in physical activity at their schools and at home. Through Project ACES, children learn the value and importance (and fun!) of good nutrition, physical fitness, and making healthy lifestyle choices – lessons they can carry well into adulthood.

This year, the 22nd-annual Project ACES Day will take place Wednesday, May 5, with most events occurring at 10 a.m. local time. Project ACES is the signature program of the non-profit Youth Fitness Coalition (YFC), based in New Jersey. Project ACES Clubs continue the momentum yearlong.

Schools can choose their activity, from walking to jogging, from martial arts to dancing. Students typically exercise for 15 to 45 minutes following an educational component. In the past, schools have incorporated celebrity guest speakers or used music in their Project ACES activities. The program has been recognized by multiple presidents, including Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, and has inspired events in 50 different countries. As the time zones change, this chain of local events creates a global wave of exercise.

Project ACES Day coincides with Exercise is Medicine™ Month, a time for physicians, health and fitness professionals, the public, and supporting organizations and their constituents to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise. Founded by the American College of Sports Medicine, Exercise is Medicine is a global program that encourages health care providers to assess patients' physical activity levels at every visit.

Project ACES was created in 1989 by physical education teacher Len Saunders as a method of motivating children to exercise. It started with a massive letter-writing campaign to schools across the United States, gathering 240,000 students to participate in the program the first year. Last year, the state of Michigan alone had more than 500,000 participants.

"We're addressing the need for novel physical education programs and promoting healthy lifestyle choices for students," said YFC President H.J. Saunders. "We're proud of how far we've come, and honored to partner with ACSM and Exercise is Medicine. Project ACES activities can help combat the obesity problem with our kids and nation by making fitness personal and fun."

For more information on Exercise is Medicine and how to get involved with Project ACES, visit www.exerciseismedicine.org and www.projectaces.com.

The Youth Fitness Coalition is a New Jersey-based non-profit educational organization committed to combating childhood obesity by making exercise programs fun and by educating children, parents and teachers about the importance of lifelong fitness and making healthy lifestyle choices.

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