The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is launching the third International Pilates Day on May 6, 2006, with a public-school initiative to fight inactivity in America’s youth and combat childhood obesity. “Our goal is to offer this Pilates initiative at no cost to the schools, as a public statement of the PMA’s dedication to worldwide health. Through our prepilot study, we have found that just a short Pilates routine a few times a week not only improved the children’s physical fitness but resulted in increased mental focus and productivity in the classroom,” said Kevin Bowen, executive director of the PMA.

For more information about International Pilates Day or the prepilot study, visit www.pilatesmethod or contact the PMA at (866) 573-4945.