Do the kids in your district need to increase their activity levels? Here are five creative ways to get them moving:
--Encourage teachers to include physical activities for students of all abilities in learning exercises, like nature walks and outdoor scavenger hunts.
--Add a couple of 10 minute movement breaks during the day.
--Plan school-wide activity fundraisers such as walk-a-thons around the school property.
--Get the community involved with family fitness events like family nights at the local Y or community center and fun days at a local park.
--Schedule recess before lunch to allow more time for play.
By Jane Clark, Ph.D.