Summer, before and afterschool programs are playing a critical role in encouraging students to lead healthy, active lifestyles, but moving more isn’t just about being healthier. Young people who are more active also tend to have greater academic achievement, better classroom behavior and better attendance. With many schools limiting the amount of time students are able to be physically active, many out-of-school time programs are providing the opportunities kids need – and want – to get moving.
Active Living Research, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program focusing on the prevention of childhood obesity, just released a new document listing numerous resources that detail a variety of school-based strategies to get young people moving. Among the resources is a research brief with suggestions for ways afterschool programs can promote physical activity and prevent obesity among children. Another document shares research on community access to recreational and sport facilities outside of school, and after the bell rings.
The Afterschool Alliance also has a number of issue briefs and resources to help generate new ideas for physical activity and healthy living in your summer learning, before or afterschool program, so be sure to visit our Active Hours Afterschool page for tools to implement creative health and wellness activities!