Let’s Move on Course! was introduced during this year’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wis., as a way to encourage young golfers to walk the course, both as fans and as players, and view golf as a life-long healthy activity.
Young fans attending the PGA Championship were able to pick up a free pedometer, which allowed them to track their steps as they followed their favorite golfers around the course. A total of 10,000 pedometers were supplied by Security Health Plan and Marshfield Clinic and distributed to boys and girls over the course of the week. Each day, juniors were encouraged to visit PlayGolfAmerica.com and record the number of steps they took on the course. Based on the juniors reporting data, a median of 14,080 steps were taken, equaling about 7.0 miles per day, per junior. The average age of participating juniors was 11-years-old.
Juniors who reported their steps received a Let’s Move on Course! certificate signed by PGA of America President Jim Remy and 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, who also signed a pin flag, which was awarded to the lucky winner of a drawing from all those who recorded their steps on PlayGolfAmerica.com.
This initiative reflects The PGA of America’s continual support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, which attempts to combat childhood obesity by encouraging healthier food alternatives for children, as well as aiming to increase children’s opportunities for physical activity.
For more information on Play Golf America and Let’s Move on Course!, visit PlayGolfAmerica.com.