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Physical Activity

Physical education is more than just exercise for kids: it's also about promoting healthy eating habits, and choosing activities and games that help develop kids’ social-emotional skills. From kicking a ball to eating a nutritious snack, physical activity and education offers children a much-needed break from their school studies and gets their minds and bodies primed for greater learning.

We have lots of tips and recommendations for incorporating healthy physical activity and education into any afterschool program, from simple activities that get all the wiggles out to more involved activities meant to help improve kids’ nutrition choices and eating habits.

Physical Activity Articles

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How to Use Urban Farming to Improve Food Security

Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans live in food-insecure households? That means that 41.2 million people - including 6.5 million children - struggle to get enough to eat…

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7 Ways Program Leaders Can Encourage Healthy Eating

Proper nutrition is important during childhood in order to help children thrive and grow.

And while there are many reasons why students may eat unhealthy - from the lack of food…


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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