Playworks helps launch Boston Back in Motion to get kids moving this spring

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A month-long effort to improve the health and well-being of youth as kids head back to the classroom

Recognizing that physical activity is more important than ever, a group of local nonprofit partners launched Boston Back in Motion – an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to in-person learning this spring. The initiative aims to provide motivation and resources to educators, after-school providers, families, and kids to help spark physical activity every day for young people. 

The effort is being led by The Boston Foundation through a partnership with Playworks New England, BOKS Kids, and BPS Moves Together as well as Boston-based institutional partners such as the Red Sox Foundation, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the New England Revolution Charitable Foundation, the New England Patriots Foundation, The Boston Athletic Association, and others who continue to join the movement.  

“As we work to safely reopen our schools, we are focused on helping our students recover academically and emotionally by inspiring a renewed sense of joy in their lives,” said Mayor Kim Janey.

“This initiative gives our young people and adults the chance to get back in motion together, which is so important for a healthy mind, body and soul. I applaud our partners in this effort and look forward to the happiness it will bring us all.”

Boston Back in Motion is a month-long campaign, online toolkit and fitness challenge program to get young people in grades 1 through 8 engaged in daily movement. The program aims to provide a fun, motivating experience for young people to get moving and engage in healthy choices throughout the month of April.  The program is designed to encourage everyone to “show us your moves” and join in on social media as a class, through an afterschool program with a small group of friends or simply by themselves individually.  

“Every day, we see the power of play and physical activity in supporting kids’ health and well-being”, Jon Gay, Playworks New England’s Executive Director said. “That’s been especially important during COVID-19, as so many students battle increased stress and isolation.” 

Here’s How You Can Get Involved:

School Challenge

Sign up as a classroom at BostonBackinMotion.com and track how many of the daily challenges you complete with your students! Prizes will be awarded for the highest participation.

Social Media Challenge

Show us your best moves on social media to inspire more people to get Boston Back In Motion. Simply post a video of your moves to Twitter using #BostonBackInMotion and tag @Bos_InMotion to be entered to win prizes throughout the month of April.

For more information on Boston In Motion and to sign-up, please visit BostonBackinMotion.com.

 

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