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Our Kids Deserve More PE in NYC!

by Robin V. on Friday, July 5, 2013

Last week, advocates from across New York City, including Josh and his mother, Cori Banks Eastmond of Queens (pictured), joined with the American Heart Association for our first annual NYC Lobby Day: Heartbeat of the District.  Dressed in red, New Yorkers met with their City Council Members to share their passion for improving physical education in our city. 

Daily, quality PE is important to help motivate a lifetime appreciation for healthy behavior, as well as improved academic success and overall well-being.  Two advocates stole the show - 9-year-old's Josh and Sophia who go to separate schools and receive just 1 and 2 days of PE, respectively.  Sophia and Josh were able to strengthen our message by saying 'we want more PE!". 

You can see more photos and other updates on Twitter and Facebook by searching the hashtag: #MorePENYC.  For more information about the AHA's efforts in New York City to improve physical education, please visit:  And don't hesitate to get involved!  We need more advocates like you!

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  • Awesome! PE is important for children. When you move your body, you strengthen your heart. PE is equally as important as all other school subjects. Lets come together and fight for more physical education, in our NYC schools.

    — Cori E.

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