The Lets Move national fitness campaign spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama is making its way to McAllen.
McAllen ISD was the only school district in the Rio Grande Valley to receive a nearly $2 million dollar 3 year Physical Education Grant. It is just one of 56 districts in the nation to receive the grant.
“This Move McAllen ISD philosophy is bringing awareness. We all know about the crisis, we all know about the obesity, we all know about diabetes, we all know. I mean we’re labeled as one of the worst areas in the country, so it’s just time. We felt like in the last couple of years it’s just time to find some solutions and this is part of the solution,” explains Mario Peña, Pep grant director, McAllen ISD
McAllen ISD is using the funds to promote healthy lifestyles and provide daily exercise and nutrition education for faculty and staff, students and even parents as they play a crucial role in a child’s life after school hours.
“What happens after 4 is very important to us. We can move them, we can shake them and get them engaged in physical activity, but then if the kids go home and they’re snacking on all kinds of snacks that are very unhealthy, then we’re not going anywhere,” explains Peña.
Kick off your healthy workout with FOX2 this Wednesday at Fireman’s Park in McAllen. Wear purple and bring the family because we’re walking for Alzheimer’s Awareness.