What would you do with 5 more years of life? That's precisely what Let's Move! is asking kids as part of the new campaign it's launching today, which aims to bring physical activity back to our nation's schools. Headed by first lady Michelle Obama and Nike CEO Mark Parker, the campaign was formed in response to a recent study that found that the current generation of children is expected to live 5 years less than their parents—a first in our history. Clearly something needs to be done about that, and fast.
While studies show kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day to stay healthy, kids are instead spending an average of seven or more hours a day in front of a screen. In truth, only 1 in 3 kids is active on a daily basis, and this inactivity is at the heart—pun intended—of this shortened life expectancy. An active lifestyle not only helps kids stay healthier, but it's also been shown to improve test scores, behavior, and attendance. Despite this, only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools currently offer daily hysical Education., and only 9 states require recess in elementary schools.
Luckily, being the first lady has its perks. Fresh off presenting the Oscar for Best Picture, Mrs. Obama is recruiting some very influential friends to help her and Parker out, including Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick, Bo Jackson, and many others. For more info on the campaign, be sure to visit LetsMoveSchools.org. Also be sure to check out the video above, which features some pint-sized proof of why working to get these 5 years back is so crucial.