Delray Students Participate In ‘Let’s Move’ March Challenge

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Staff report

Atlantic Community High School students spent a recent afternoon on the football field moving.

From yoga poses to martial arts moves to circuit training and a discussion on mental health, 400 students participated in Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Let’s Move’ Fitness Fun Field Day.

It is the third year that the high school has participated in the sixth annual Let’s Move: Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge, which aims to combat obesity and improve mental health.

The county-wide challenge lasted all of March.

“Palm Healthcare Foundation started this annual month-long campaign six years ago, because we truly believe that physical activity is a key component to preventing a multitude of health issues,” said Marge Sullivan, Vice President of Communications at Palm Healthcare Foundation. “As the minutes logged begin to increase, so does the quality of life for the residents of Palm Beach County.”

Last year, thousands of Palm Beach County residents logged over 7 million minutes of physical activity. Two teams earned top spots as Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Let’s Move Gold Medal Champions. The City of Delray Beach logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of physical activity.

To increase the number of minutes logged, the foundation teamed up with corporations, schools, youth groups, after-school programs, fitness programs, local gyms and non-profit organizations to hold events this year.

This was the first year for the field day at Atlantic High. Students opted in to participate and received a grade for their participation from their teachers, organizer Angela Williams said.

“We wanted everybody moving,” she said.

The minutes will be calculated and added to the city’s count.

The goal is to engage people to participate in physical activity in their daily lives beyond the month of March. Participants are encouraged to log at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

New this year was a video component inspired by videos Atlantic High students created last year.

Each team recorded themselves in a video less than three minutes long to inspire others to get moving.