First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign teams up with the USTA to promote tennis as one way for children to stay active, have fun and receive the 60 minutes of play a day that they require.
Working to fight childhood obesity in America, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active.
As First Lady Michelle Obama states: "'Let's Move!' is a campaign that will rally our nation to achieve a single, ambitious goal: solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight."
The USTA is committed to constructing and renovating 3,000 tennis courts across the country in 2011 in celebration of Tennis Night in America and to promote tennis programs to kids and their parents, with all the courts being lined for use in QuickStart Tennis. The newly built and renovated courts will be in places where local officials, public parks and schools commit to building tennis into their core programming for kids.
In addition, the USTA will use its resources and programs, including its National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, to encourage 200,000 kids to take the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) that challenges them to be active 60 minutes a day and five days a week for six weeks throughout an eight-week period. The PALA has a goal of encouraging 1,000,000 children to take on the challenge.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
To get started playing tennis in a location near you visit the USTA's Tennis Welcome Center . Find more tennis technique information at the USTA Player Development Web site .