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Physical education is more than just exercise for kids; it's also about healthy snacks for kids and promoting group games for kids to learn social-emotional skills. From kicking a ball to climbing up a playground ladder, physical activity offers children a much-needed break from their school studies and gets their minds and bodies primed for greater learning. Encouraging safe physical activity will improve a child's overall wellness.

We have all the tips and descriptive recommendations for incorporating healthy physical activity into any afterschool program, from simple activities that get all those wiggles out to more involved activities meant to strengthen core muscles and enhance balance.

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Three Components to Encouraging Physical Activity Among Students

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Families, educators and after school programs have a stake…

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Four Strategies for Creating a Quality Physical Activity Program

Physical activity offers great benefits, building cognitive and social skills as well as boosting mood and mental health. However, many after school programs face key issues in offering quality physical…


4 Ways to Encourage Students to Make Healthy Choices

According to ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, practicing a healthy lifestyle enables students to succeed in school, career and life.

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5 Indoor Games to Beat Cabin Fever

The National AfterSchool Association created the AfterSchool Guide to Indoor Games to provide activities that stimulate the mind, get the body moving and help improve fine motor skills during the…

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Fries vs. Fruit: Helping Students Make Better Fast Food Choices

While some fast food restaurants have introduced healthier kids’ meal options, many restaurants continue to provide high-calorie, nutritionally poor menu options that have harmful effects on students’ diets.

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After School Programs Help to Prevent Childhood Obesity, According to Report

Although childhood obesity rates have declined slightly over the past few years, about 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association.

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