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Contest encourages parents and teachers to get kids moving

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Get moving!

Quaker Oats wants to get parents and teachers moving!

Children running in a field

Does your child get enough exercise? According to the June 2013 issue of U.S. News & World Report, only half of kids do. It's up to parents and teachers to get kids moving, and Quaker Oats is giving you the motivation you need to do just that.

Quaker teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation's largest in-school wellness program, to bring you the Make Your Move Video Contest. Through this contest, parents and teachers submit videos and give their kids' schools a chance to win big.

All you have to do is take a 30- to 60-second video of kids (grades kindergarten through high school) on the move. They can be walking, dancing, playing sports or playing a game — as long as they are in motion. Winning schools will receive one of five $15,000 grants or one of 10 $2,500 grants.

For more information and the entry page, click here >>

Past grants provided to Fuel Up to Play 60 schools have been used to start physical activity clubs or to help give students healthy breakfast options.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback and Quaker Oats spokesperson Andrew Luck is an ambassador for the program to help encourage healthy habits. As an athlete, Luck sets a great example for students by choosing wholesome foods and making physical fitness a way of life.

"I know firsthand the benefits of eating right and being active, and I believe that starting at an early age can make all the difference for kids in the future," says Luck. "I am excited to join Quaker and Fuel Up to Play 60 as a guest judge for the Make Your Move Video Contest, and am sure I will be impressed by the creative ways the schools show off their best moves!"

Judging will be based on a variety of criteria, including a school's need for the grant; the video's originality, creativity and showcase of movement in a fun way!

Winning schools must be registered as a Fuel Up to Play 60 school. Your school's not registered? No worries! You can register it yourself right here!

The contest ends Nov. 27, 2013. No purchase necessary. Check out the official rules before entering.

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