The Chicago Sky and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today they have partnered to offer the PALA challenge to Chicago Public School students and staff this fall to help promote healthy lifestyles. Every student and staff member with CPS who completes the challenge will earn two tickets to a 2012 Sky game.
PALA, the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, is part of Michelle Obamas Lets Move! Campaign created to reduce the more than 25 million overweight or obese children in America. In order for students to achieve the PALA, a child needs to be active 60 minutes a day, five days a week, for six weeks. In order for adults to achieve the PALA, they must be active for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for six weeks.
"We are proud to be part of an initiative with the Chicago Public Schools to help foster a healthier lifestyle among our city's youth," said Adam Fox, President and CEO of the Chicago Sky. "By establishing good habits of physical fitness at an early age, we can also set these children on a path toward a healthier future."
PALAs Chicago program began on September 12, 2011 and will run through October 24, 2011. To sign up as a school, office, family, or individual, visit www.1worldsports.org.
The challenge, initiated by Cornell McClellan, President Obamas Chief Fitness Advisor, is to have 100 Chicago Public Schools, or a total of 5,000 students, earn the PALA, as well as encouraging all CPS employees to participate. In addition to the individuals who achieve the PALA, the school with the highest percentage of students that complete the challenge will receive tickets to a 2012 Chicago Sky basketball game and a grant for transportation to the game.
Additional tickets will be available to all PALA awardees at a discounted rate.
PALA encourages all Americans to increase their physical activity and lead healthy lifestyles. Nearly 64% of Illinois residents are overweight or obese. More than one in three Illinois children are overweight if not obese.