Flash Mob to Help Charlotte Get It's Move On
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Students from Bradley Middle School's choral and dance team not so secretly flash mobbed Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and others who gathered to tackle childhood obesity tonight.
The goal: Get Charlotte to get it's move on, something the middle schoolers are already doing.
"I usually dance a lot, I just walk around dancing. i don't think I could dance more than I already do, I'm standing here dancing right now so...(laughs)" says 7th grader Natasya Hartle.
Also tonight a sold out premiere of "The Fat Boy Chronicles," a movie version of the book by the same name that over 9,600 CMS eighth graders are reading as part of the program. “The Fat Boy Chronicles" tells the story of bullying and angst obese teens face.
The events at UNC Charlotte are the kickoff to the “Charlotte Get Your Move On” campaign, a push to keep kids healthy and active similar to efforts by first lady Michelle Obama.
"We are also going to be publishing some integrated units of study so we can bring in science and nutrition and art," says CMS Visuals Arts and Dance Curriculum Specialist Cheryl Maney.
Kids say the lessons have motivated them to be more active during summer break.
"I think I'll probably instead of like sitting inside I'll go maybe go to the pool and swim more often or get out and run or something," says 7th grader Kaitlyn Isherwood.
It's an important reminder for young adults and their parents to live a healthier, happier lifestyle.