ACES was an initiative begun in 1989 by Len Saunders, a Physical Education teacher in New Jersey. He wanted to get one school in each state to commit to students exercising at the same time on a specific day in May. His efforts were successful beyond his expectations and soon he was hearing from hundreds of schools both inside the US and in other parts of the world wanting to participate. The program grew larger year after year and is now run by the organization Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc., which Len Saunders helps lead. The goal of Project ACES is to encourage students to exercise and understand the importance of physical fitness, in part to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity. Developing an active lifestyle early on will help each individual remain healthier across his or her lifetime. Project ACES also shows the importance of Physical Education in schools.
All 800+ students participated, walking laps around the MMS campus. Feedback from students was that they enjoyed getting outside for some fresh air and exercise before starting their day.
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