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Friday, September 30, 2011

Rally for Recess -- Why Physical Activity Helps Kids in School

Schools nationwide are cutting recess time due to limited resources, which can impede on your children’s physical development. i  In the past twenty years, children have lost an average of 8 hours of recess a week and some schools no longer provide play time for students. ii   According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, the lack of playtime is a national crisis leading to a growing epidemic; childhood obesity. iii

Some studies also suggest that physical activity may have an impact on academic success as well. This study from the University of Central Florida found a positive relationship between increased physical activity and academic performance. This study also supports that theory. And yet another study by Active Living Research suggests the same.


With so much at stake, it's more important than ever to support and encourage our schools' recess activities. Government and public health agencies recommend children engage in at 60 minutes of mild to strenuous activity each day. iv That's why I'm excited about Rally for Recess. To help rally moms and kids around this cause, Dannon® Danimals®, nutritious on-the-go dairy drinks and low-fat yogurts containing calcium for kids, is launching a national initiative called “Rally for Recess.”


Rally for Recess” is designed to create healthy competition, pitting school against school! Five schools have the opportunity to win new playground equipment and an all-day recess celebration. Danimals is committed to childhood health and wellness, which starts with good nutrition and an active lifestyle. Through February 8, 2012 purchasers can find codes on Danimals packaging to enter and register. The top five schools in each of the categories with the most codes registered wins!

For more information, visit:

As a part the Rally for Recess, Dannon has graciously offered to giveaway a Danimals Branded Drawstring Backpack and a Danimals Branded Soccer Ball. I can tell you my sons are jealous and wish they could win! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway today! 

This giveaway is sponsored by Dannon, but I did not receive any compensation for the post or the giveaway.
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