By Guest Blogger: Sumayya Aasi, AHA volunteer
While many children got up early to head to their first day of school on August 16, 2016, other young children were part of the “Angry Birds, Happy Bodies” event at the Adventure Plex in Manhattan Beach to highlight physical activity and the importance of physical education (PE). The “Angry Birds, Happy Bodies’” event was jam packed with enthusiastic kids and parents ready to work out and meet two time Olympian Swimmer Chloe Sutton in support of #PROTECTPE.
Before the film began, our Advocacy volunteers spoke with the children and parents about the importance of PE in schools. Those in attendance held “I <3 PE” signs to encourage them to take action on their social media platforms to ensure that states include PE while they develop their plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Chloe Sutton, two-time Olympic swimmer, spoke to the young audience about the importance of staying active through activities such as jump roping, swimming and PE. Before the conclusion of the event, participants were asked to make a pledge to stay active and #PROTECTPE.