The 13th Annual

March Forward

March 1 - 15, 2024

Rockland County's 2-Week Classroom-based Physical Activity Promotion

New this year!

Suggested daily challenges!

Use hashtag #MarchForwardRC when posting on social media to show how your classroom meets the suggested daily movement challenges. All grades and subject areas can participate.

As a teacher, you already inspire learning in many awesome ways. During #MarchForwardRC, March 1 - 15, 2024, you can highlight how you keep students energized and focused with physical activity by sharing with other educators! 

How to participate:

  • Post videos, photos, and/or descriptions of your classroom physical activity breaks on your school's social media platform using hashtag #MarchForwardRC.  To share statewide, you may add #HealthySchoolsNY.
  • Tag another school or colleague to encourage them to participate too.
  • Follow the guidance your school or district provides about participation.
  • Keep physical activity appropriate for the space and students' ages and abilities. Physical activity should be fun and rewarding and not used as a punishment. 

The March Forward Message for Students and Teachers:

  • Physical Activity helps to relieve stress.
  • Physical activity helps us do better in school.
  • Physical activity helps us feel our best.
  • Being physically active is a great way to make friends.
  • Be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day
Check out the resources and videos below.

"Click and Play" Videos and Other Resources for
Active Classrooms

Elementary School: Go Noodle 
Middle school: Jammin Minute 
High school (and middle school): Pro Athlete classroom breaks 
More ideas: Go to Alliance for a Healthier Generation and search for "physical activity breaks" (free login needed).


Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey
Students are guided by Mr. Amazing* in touching their knees, ears and nose in a challenging sequence that crosses the mid-line of the body resulting in improved focus. (1.5 minutes)
The 7 Stages of Laughter
Mr. Amazing* gets kids laughing and back to work more relaxed and ready to learn. (1.5 minutes)
Crazy Arms
Mr. Amazing* leads students in simple arm movements that stretch the upper body while challenging the mind. (1.5 minutes)
Cross Crawl Part I
Mariola Strahlberg** and students demonstrate how to march in place while using the arms to cross the mid-line of the body resulting in more focus and concentration. (1.5 minutes)
Cross Crawl Part II
Mariola Strahlberg** and students demonstrate a more challenging mid-line movement by tapping the knee and heel. (1.5 minutes)

Fill Your Gym Bag

Stretch Your Knowledge

*Contact information for Mr. Amazing:
** Contact information for Mariola Strahlberg:

March Forward was created in 2013 by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition. 

For more information about March Forward, email the Rockland County Department of Health School Health Coordinator at or call (845) 364-2360.