Findings from a three-year NIOST study of a before-school physical activity program "strengthen the argument that physical activity can position children to be more ready and alert for learning experiences."
DC SCORES is an after-school program in DC (part of a national affiliate, America SCORES), and it has concrete evidence that participation in SCORES which, in part, gets kids active on the soccer field, benefits overall cardiovascular capacity and BMI. In addition, DC SCORES supports school day goals with a model that encourages school engagement through innovative programming and by hiring and training teachers as after school “coaches." DC SCORES, 2009.
The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan has a vision: One day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity. The Plan aims to create a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.
Information on key areas of interest in early childhood care and education.
This commentary by HOST authors Jean L. Wiecha, Jennifer Hofman, Michael W. Beets, Amy Rauworth, Natalie Colabianchi, Anne Ferree, and Georgia Hall describes physical activity standards for Out-of-School Time programs and argues that their widespread adoption presents important opportunities for research on their implementation and impact. In Preventative Medicine, October 2014.
This report discusses the various benefits of physical activity for youth development, including positive social relationships and physiological benefits. It also outlines the importance of school and families in youth healthy living and provides tables and charts as visual aids. Maureen R. Weiss, Ph.D. and Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, Series 10, No.3, September, 2009
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