Getting Kids Physically Active

Getting Kids Physically Active

School Girl at the PlaygroundKids gather in groups all over town every day—in after school programs, churches,  Girl and Boy Scout troupes, 4-H clubs, etc. What if every time they gathered in groups they were encouraged to be spend part of the time being physically active? It would get more kids closer to the recommendation of getting at least one hour of physical activity each day and they might be more focused and relaxed for the other activities the group engages in.

But, as we’ve seen time and time again, getting a group of kids to be active is easier said than done. After observing the sedentary behavior of students in after school programs in Fayette County, the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition partnered with Dr. Aaron Beighle to develop the Getting Kids Physically Active Handbook. Aaron’s official title is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. His unofficial title is guru of getting kids active and loving it. This handbook includes practical tips that really work to get groups of kids to listen, cooperate and have fun while they engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.