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For Release: April 24, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

Oklahoma Children to Participate in World’s Largest Exercise Class May 2

If you feel the ground shake slightly on Wednesday, May 2, don’t get nervous! Likely it’s the millions of children from all 50 states and more than 50 countries exercising simultaneously as part of a worldwide exercising event.

The “All Children Exercise Simultaneously” (Project ACES) event was created in 1989 as a method to motivate children to exercise. Each year the world’s largest exercise class occurs on the first Wednesday of May, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, with millions of children from the world over exercising together to promote health and fitness habits.

Organizations across Oklahoma are working to bring Project ACES to schools in communities throughout the state as an effort to fight Oklahoma’s obesity epidemic. One in three Oklahoma children is overweight or obese and many young children are already showing risk factors for heart disease.

Oklahoma City’s main Project ACES event will be held at Fillmore Elementary School, 5200 S. Blackwelder. Beginning at 10 a.m. on May 2, Fillmore students, along with partner schools from across the state, will join together to promote safe, fun, physical activity for children.

If you would like to organize a Project ACES event in your community, find tips and suggestions on holding an event, information about other events, or to complete a form to register, please visit www.shapeyourfutureok.com/. You can also post pictures or videos of your event at http://www.facebook.com/okfitkids, or on Twitter at @okfitkids.

For additional information, email John Friedl, Johnf@health.ok.gov, at the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Center for the Advancement of Wellness, or contact Susan Martin, Fillmore Elementary School principal, at (405) 587-4800.

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