If you are reading this, you’ve likely been to my site to read my thoughts and musings on movement, strength training and physical education. You’ve also likely noticed that the physical education content has been one of my hot topics lately.
It is that important to me. It’s that much of a need.
That’s why I didn’t hesitate when Kelly and Juliet Starrett asked me to join the Board of StandUpKids, the organization they founded with the mission of getting every public school student a standing desk within 10 years.
To date, StandUpKids has 35,000 kids standing across the country and 75% of those kids are in high-poverty public schools.
Standing in school will help combat the epidemic of sedentary lifestyles, inactivity and childhood obesity.
It will also help achieve 21st century education goals.
Strong research shows that children who use standing desks at school move more, burn up to 35% more calories/day, have lower BMIs, display better attention and cognition, exhibit better executive function and have better test scores.
This year, the StandUpKids Board is participating in a targeted fundraising effort. Our collective goal is to raise $50,000 for standing desks in high-poverty public schools between now and January 5, 2017.
We need your help! Please consider donating $10, $25, or whatever amount you can afford (even $2) this holiday season to help us reach the goal. Any amount helps!
Thank you in advance!
If you want to know more behind why I support StandUpKids, check out Gray Cook Radio Episode 56.
You should really just listen anyway . . .