Chicago Schools Take Steps to Fitness with PALA Challenge

September 12, 2011

Today, Chicago's kids are taking steps to fitness with the launch of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards challenge in Chicago schools!  The PALA challenge is a program that encourages people to make physical activity part of their daily lives. Students, teachers, school dining managers and many others at nearly 200 Chicago Public Schools have signed on to take the challenge!

Earlier this summer, HSC hosted Champions for Wellness where Cornell McClellan, personal trainer to the First Family of United States of America and member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, announced the challenge. For six weeks, everyone who takes the challenge will commit to being active: students must log one hour of activity five days a week for six out of eight weeks, while adults log 30 minutes of activity five days a week. Alternatively, participants can track their steps using a pedometer and log steps rather than time. In Chicago, Aetna has generously donated pedometers to help students at participating schools track their steps.

We're thrilled that so many individuals and schools have responded to the challenge! Check out video of 1WORLD Sports' Ted Devine on the excitement of the challenge:

Stay posted for updates and stories from participants getting fit with their schools! 

If you would like to join in the PALA Challenge with Chicago schools, you can sign up with 1WORLD Sports. Not in Chicago? You can sign up through the national registration.