Online Learning Institute: Supporting Young People through Movement and Play Beyond the School Day

NOTE: This Online Learning Institute was held on April 15, 2021. Below is information and resources from the training.

In order to help young people reach 60 minutes of daily physical activity, school health leaders should take advantage of every opportunity to infuse movement into all parts of the day. While physical education, recess, and physical activity in the classroom are all excellent ways to increase physical activity minutes, opportunities for physical activity extend well beyond the typical school day. Physical activity before and after school reinforces and extends the lessons learned during PE, gives young people the chance to try new and fun activities while improving their mental and emotional wellbeing, and demonstrates the key role community organizations can play in supporting the development of young people.

In this Online Learning Institute, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Boys and Girls Club of America, and Springboard to Active Schools will demonstrate the valuable opportunity presented by physical activity before and after school and how it fits into a larger commitment to supporting movement and emotional wellbeing for young people. This interactive training will also include modeling of fun play breaks that can be used in before and after school programming and explain how play and movement supports social emotional learning and builds connectedness among young people and their community.

This training is a good fit for school health leaders at the school, district, and community level who may be new to this concept and who have decision-making power over programming for youth.

Objectives:

– Define physical activity before and after school

– Demonstrate the benefits of connecting with community organizations in order to infuse physical activity into before-school, after-school, and community-based extended day programs

– Model physical activities and explore resources for using movement in your own context

Featured Presenters:

Kate Holmes, Springboard to Active Schools (kholmes@hria.org)

Michelle Owens, Healthier Generation (michelle.owens@healthiergeneration.org)

Laura Gover, Boys and Girls Club of America (lgover@bgca.org)

Resources from Training:

Recording (Note: The link to the recording will expire on Wednesday, June 30, 2021)

Training slides

List of highlighted resources