The 6th Annual March Forward will be Friday, March 2, 2018!

March Forward is Rockland County's annual school-based physical activity awareness day that takes place on the first Friday of March. In classrooms across the county students will be led in physically active "brain breaks" to improve focus and concentration. In addition, active breaks help students get the recommended minimum 60 minutes of physical activity a day.


The March Forward Message:

  • 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.

Register your school here to participate starting January 25, 2018.

Teachers in participating classrooms complete this Feedback Survey at the end of the day. Due to school closings on March 2nd, March Forward has been extended through March 8th. To be counted, Feedback Surveys are due by Monday, March 12th. 

New Videos for March Forward 2018

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)

Physical Activity Brain Breaks: A Resource List for Classroom Activities:

Additional Resources:

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

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