Kaiser Permanente Joins First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago to Announce Bringing Physical Activity Back to Schools

Executives from Kaiser Permanente will be Available for Interviews

Feb 28, 2013, 18:02 ET from Kaiser Permanente

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


Kaiser Permanente joined the First Lady Michelle Obama as she makes a major announcement about bringing physical activity back to schools. Raymond Baxter, PhD, senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, is on site for "America's Largest Recess," an event featuring games, contests and physical activities for 6,000 local children. World-renowned athletes will be present at the event to provide additional incentive and encouragement to the kids participating.

In addition, Kaiser Permanente, Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National PTA  are launching Fire Up Your Feet!, a resource for parents and families, teachers and school staff to increase and track physical activity.


There will be opportunities to speak with Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy of Kaiser Permanente.


Studies show that kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day to stay healthy. In addition to the health benefits of an active lifestyle, research indicates that regular physical activity can improve test scores, classroom behavior and attendance.


Kaiser Permanente and its partners Safe Routes to School National Partnership and National PTA are an integral part of Let's Move Active Schools through Fire Up Your Feet, which encourages safe walking, bicycling and other physical activities to, from, and at schools across the country. The audience for Fire Up Your Feet is students, parents and school staff.

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