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Guide Suggests Physical-Activity Opportunities for After School

How can after-school programs best promote physical activity to their students? It's time to go beyond dodgeball and think outside the box, according to a new guide from the Ohio Afterschool Network and the Ohio health department.

As my colleague Nora Fleming reported yesterday on the Beyond School Blog, the guide lists 11 main physical-activity recommendations for after-school programs.

I won't spoil them all here, but I'll list a few that caught my eye:

Types of Activities: Ensuring that children of all ages and fitness levels are able to participate successfully in the selected physical activities.

Curriculum: Incorporating physical activity into a lesson plan, such as learning about other cultures through their games, or measuring distances for a walking club.

Family, School, and Community Connections: Encouraging after-school programs to develop strong community relations to provide children with critical resources.

The guide recommends that all students participate in at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity, a position supported by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, too.

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