‘Get Mov­ing Day’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Staff Re­port

Hun­dreds of West Ch­ester Area School District staff and fam­ily mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in the West Ch­ester Area School District’s first-ever “Get Mov­ing Day” on Oct. 23.

The district’s Healthy Liv­ing Com­mit­tee, which is com­posed of teach­ers from all 16 schools as well as ad­min­is­tra­tors, co­or­di­nated the free event. “We de­cided to co­or­di­nate Get Mov­ing Day to help raise aware­ness that get­ting healthy is a pos­i­tive thing for a mil­lion dif­fer­ent rea­sons, in­clud­ing the fun it cre­ates when peo­ple get healthy to­gether,” said Jeff Ulmer, the di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources who helped co­or­di­nate the event. “Plus, this event also func­tioned as a great way for our com­mit­tee to help cre­ate aware­ness of the district’s com­mit­ment to fit­ness and well­ness.”

Get Mov­ing Day was held in­side East High School’s sta­dium and fea­tured a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing yoga, danc­ing, and a Kids Zone that fea­tured hula hoops, a

para­chute and other games.

At­ten­dees had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a run and walk, en­ter to win a va­ri­ety of raf­fle prizes, en­joy healthy snacks, and meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The weather was per­fect, too, mak­ing be­ing out­doors

on a sunny, fall af­ter­noon even more en­joy­able.

The event con­cluded with a pop­u­lar school mas­cot race: a 50-yard dash from the mid­dle of the sta­dium’s foot­ball field to the end zone. Mas­cots from nine schools par­tic­i­pated in the race, and at first it looked like it would come down to a photo fin­ish; how­ever, Fern Hill El­e­men­tary School’s bob­cat pre­vailed and­won by more than a tail length.

“We hope par­tic­i­pants were in­spired to get mov­ing by at­tend­ing Get Mov­ing Day,” said Nancy O’Ban­ion,a teacher at Mary C. Howse El­e­men­tary School who helped co­or­di­nate the event. “We also hope at­ten­dees had fun while en­joy­ing the com­pany of their fel­low em­ploy­ees out­side of our busy work place.”

The Healthy Liv­ing Com­mit­tee plans to make Get Mov­ing Day an an­nual event, con­tin­u­ing to grow

it each year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tracey Duk­ert, dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor, WestCh­ester Area School District, at 484-266-1170 or tduk­ert@ wcasd.net. To con­tact the Daily Lo­cal News, email news@ dai­ly­lo­cal.com or mes­sage us on Face­book and Twit­ter: www.face­book. com/dai­ly­lo­cal­news, www. twit­ter.com/wc­dai­ly­lo­cal.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS — WEST CH­ESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Teach­ers from all 16 schools par­tic­i­pated in “Get Mov­ing Day,” to help pro­mote get­ting healthy.

Chil­dren and teach­ers par­tic­i­pated in a va­ri­ety of events, in­clud­ing a run and walk, at “Get Mov­ing Day.”

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