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Five Ways to Get Kids Moving

Sponsor: Dannon Institute

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.

Jane Clark and her team study the development of movement control and motor skill coordination in children. She has been an active leader in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.