– All Children Exercise Simultaneously
Project ACES was created by physical education teacher Len Saunders in 1989 as a method of motivating children to exercise. The event is an international celebration of health more commonly known as All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) Day. The Michigan Fitness Foundation coordinates Michigan’s ACES Day, which takes place on the first Wednesday in May as part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month along with National Physical Education Week. During the 2013 ACES Day event, more than one thousand schools in Michigan participated in a celebration of physical fitness and health.
The celebration emphasizes physical activity among students and helps combat childhood obesity. With millions of participants worldwide, ACES Day is a global event that brings students together from all fifty states and more than fifty countries to exercise, laugh and learn. Past ways Michigan schools have observed ACES Day include walking parades around the school, dance aerobics classes to music and “field days” consisting of outdoor events. Some schools choose a theme such as “Surfin’ USA” to make the day even more fun for students and teachers alike. Schools have the freedom to make the event their own and are encouraged to get creative!View an Excel document listing 2013 participating schools here. updated 4-29-13
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What's in the Idea Kit?
Articles (of the health problem)—These pieces will help you convince parents, media and community members of the great need to promote physical activity.
Event Planning—This section includes many program and planning suggestions. Also, see ideas and responses received from previous participating schools.
Publicity and Promotion—Many tools to help you promote and publicize this event, including:
Nutrition’s Role—A healthy lifestyle includes both nutrition and physical activity. This information will provide some ideas for healthy snacks your food service staff may want to provide for ACES With-a-Friend Day as well as some great ideas from the Team Nutrition program which can be found at teamnutrition.usda.gov/. For recipe ideas visit www.choosemyplate.gov/.
Make ACES Last All Year— Many of you requested ideas for physical activity events that can be done at other times of the year. Here’s a collection of ideas that may help you.
2014 Online Response Form —Please let us know how the event went and how we can make it better next year. Complete the online form or return the downloadable 2014 Response Form to the Michigan Fitness Foundation via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax: 517-347-8145 or by mailing it to P.O. Box 27187, Lansing, MI 48909.
If you have any questions, please call The Governor’s Council office at 800-434-8642 or email email@example.com.
ACES Day events in Michigan are made possible through the generous support of Farm Bureau Insurance.
2013 was the third year that the Michigan Fitness Foundation offered Farm Bureau Insurance agents the opportunity to directly sponsor an ACES event in their area. Agents had the opportunity to visit the school they sponsored and participate in the physical activity event. Agents Ben and Kelsey Starr of Monroe, Michigan have participated in the sponsorship program for three years. In 2013, they decided to increase their sponsorship by sponsoring five elementary schools in the Monroe area.
“For the past 3 years we have been supporting the wonderful ACES program! Our office loves what ACES Day stands for and we think that encouraging children to live a healthy active life is a fundamental value they need to learn as early as possible. In years past we have only supported one of our local elementary schools, but this year we decided that it made sense to try and support all five of our local schools. We felt that it was too hard to pick which school desired it more than the others seeing as all of the students could use this event and learn from it. It worked out perfectly. We were approved to sponsor all of the schools and we were able to attend all of the events. The children loved it and were extremely thankful and appreciative to us. Each school did their own thing which was also fun to see. One of the schools taught the students the Cha Cha Slide and as an entire student body they went outside on their day and did the dance together. Another one of the schools walked the track together. Whatever activity was chosen didn’t matter because in the end it was a very neat experience to share with them. We can’t wait to do it again next year!” - Kelsey Starr
The sponsorship program gives agents the opportunity to experience firsthand how their money is put to work. Schools must use the donation to fund physical education and physical activity programs. Not only does the sponsorship program provide schools with funding for physical activity, but it also gives students an opportunity to meet and exercise with the agent. Many agents, like Ben and Kelsey, spend time encouraging and inspiring students to stay physically active.
Register now for ACES With-a-Friend 2014 to ensure timely delivery as well as availability of ACES materials. Registered schools will receive ACES newsletters and stickers. In addition, schools will receive a certificate of participation signed by Governor Rick Snyder.
Your cost is only $250, which includes a check you present to your local school. Become a champion for health and wellness in your community by supporting your local school's ACES event! ACES stands for All Children Exercising Simultaneously--and it offers a lot of benefits to you, your school and your community. See details and register below.
Your Opportunity for Recognition:
Agent will have the opportunity to attend the ACES event and present a check for $250 to go toward health and wellness purchases for the school.
You will receive a template news release you can customize and send to your local media outlets acknowledging your donation in support of health and wellness.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation will create signage recognizing your donation to post at your local school’s ACES event.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation will send letters to the editor to your local newspapers thanking you for your support.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation will notify your state senator and representative to make them aware of your contribution to the health of children in their districts.
$250 will be granted to local school for purchase of physical education/physical activity equipment.
*if the school you would like to support is not listed here, MFF can contact them on your behalf.
Thank you for supporting health and wellness of your local community by supporting ACES. Please allow the Michigan Fitness Foundation to contact the selected school on your behalf, so that we may make all necessary arrangements. We will contact you via e-mail prior to the event to confirm details.
Questions? Contact Jessica Holli at the Michigan Fitness Foundation: 517-908-3834 or firstname.lastname@example.orgDeadline to register for cooperative partnership: March 31, 2014