BPHC logoAs part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Boston Moves for Health program, nine Boston Public Schools have won a total of $4,500 for new physical education equipment after boosting their daily physical activity. The awards were made possible with support from Partners HealthCare. See pictures of some of the winners here!

In October, the Boston Public Health Commission joined Partners HealthCare and Shaw’s and Star Market to announce three new and innovative ways that city schools would incorporate more physical activity into their students’ daily routines. As a part of this initiative, schools participated in a Physical Education Challenge from October 15 to November 9, competing for the most steps taken by students during physical education class. Read news release of original announcement.

“Finding ways to work more physical activity into your daily routine is important for all age groups, so I’m proud of these students for their progress,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director, Boston Public Health Commission. “This partnership between Boston Moves for Health, Partners HealthCare, and Boston Public Schools is helping students to learn good habits about physical activity early in life.”

Forty-six schools participated in the Physical Education Challenge. They were broken into three categories based on age, and moved a total of 9,628 miles.

First Place – $750 each

Samuel Adams Elementary School, East Boston

Harbor Middle School, Dorchester

Burke High School, Dorchester

Second Place – $500 each

Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, South Boston

Eliot K-8 School, Boston

Excel High School, South Boston

Third Place – $250 each

Condon Elementary School, South Boston

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School, Dorchester

The English High School, Jamaica Plain

“Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated in this healthy competition,” said Matt Fishman, vice president, Partners Community Health. “Finding ways to increase your physical activity can help lead to academic success, and we hope that our participation in Boston Moves for Health and support of the Wellness Champions will help you to be healthy in your schools and in your neighborhoods.”

Next month the Physical Activity Challenge, from January 15 to February 15, 2013, will engage students in a challenge for the most minutes of physical activity during the school day.