The 7th Annual March Forward

New This Year!...Participating schools/classrooms may choose one day to participate in March Forward between Friday, March 1, 2019 and Friday, March 8, 2019.

Also, "Brain booster" will replace the term "brain breaks" to better reflect the
positive impact of physical activity in the classroom.

March Forward is Rockland County's annual school-based physical activity awareness day that takes place in  March. Studies show a positive connection between teacher-guided physical activity in the classroom and student academic behaviors and performance.  Physical activity improves concentration and memory and helps students get the recommended minimum 60 minutes of physical activity a day

On March Forward Day, teachers lead students in physically active "brain boosters" or use physical activity in their lessons. Teachers often use the "click and play" videos listed below to guide their students in 2 to 5-minute movement breaks or lead their own activities such as yoga poses. Brain boosters can help students:

  • Review academic material
  • Relax
  • Wake up
  • Refocus 

Many teachers incorporate movement into their lessons to enhance instructional time. It is most important that the physical activity be a positive experience that is age appropriate, safe, fun and engaging. The physical education teacher is often a good resource for ideas.

Three steps to participate in March Forward

  1. Identify one person to be your school's March Forward coordinator and to register your school using the March Forward 2019 School Registration Survey.
  2. On the self-selected March Forward Day, teachers promote the March Forward message below and use physical activity in the classroom.
  3. At the end of the day, participating teachers submit their Teacher Feedback Form to describe what took place and to be counted toward their school's teacher participation count.
The Teacher Feedback Form can be found on this web page starting March 1st and is to be used by each participating teacher individually.  Schools achieving at least 75% of their teachers participating and submitting their Feedback Forms will receive special recognition.

Use the March Forward 2019 School Registration Survey to register your school.
Schools are registered only one time.


The March Forward Message for Students and Teachers:

  • Physical activity helps us do better in school.
  • Physical activity helps us look and feel our best.
  • Being physically active is a great way to make friends.
  • Be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day.

The March Forward Teacher Feedback Form will be here
Friday, March 1 through Friday, March 8, 2019!

Resources for Active Classrooms

"Click and Play" Guided Movement Videos for Short Physically Active Brain Boosters
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)
*   Contact information for Mr. Amazing: 
** Contact information for Mariola Strahlberg: 

Additional Resources:

March Forward was created by the Steering Committee of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition in 2013. Data collection materials and technology are developed and maintained by the following School Coalition community partners: Rockland County Department of Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Rockland Teachers' Center.

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