After School Physical Activity


California Physical Activity Guidelines by the California Department of Education
Guidelines for after-school program providers to implement moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in after-school programs.

San Diego County Office of Education's After School Physical Activity
Theme-based after school physical activities for grades 4-8. Includes instructions, materials needed, and video.

California Department of Education's Physical Education Content Standards (K-12)
Content Standards for California public schools.

Childhood Obesity Initiative
A public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. Its Schools and After-School Domain unites schools and after-school programs to create healthy and active learning environments.

Fitness and food related issues, publications, trainings, and resources. Learn how to increase physical activity and serve healthy food in youth programs. Site features a teen site called "MO Project," a contest about movement. Also promotes healthy activities and features videos and games.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO)
CDC's DNPAO takes the public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. Features healthy weight, physical activity, and obesity topics. Site includes resources, policies, programs, and campaigns.

Physical Activity
Physical Activity Plan, State Physical Activity Directory. Also features Powerful Bones. Powerful Girls, a girl-friendly Web site, helps girls understand how weight-bearing physical activity and calcium can be a fun and important part of everyday life; and BAM! Body and Mind for kids 9-13 years old gives them the information they need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (MCAH)
Integrates and coordinates healthy eating and physical activity promotion within the California Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program and its local public health and health care programs. Features physical activity and nutrition news, updates, guidelines, program information, consumer information, data and statistics, and reports.

Network for a Healthy California
Representing a statewide movement of local, state, and national partners collectively working toward improving the health status of low-income Californians through increased fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity. The network provides resources for educators, physical activity integration, funding, and resources.

Champions for Change!/pphome.html
A statewide nutrition and active living initiative for California's children. Projects, minigrants, resources, and materials for schools and community organizations. Toolbox for community educators.

California After School Resource Center (CASRC)
Ten guidelines and corresponding tips, tools, and resources to enable every after-school program to provide its students with the highest quality physical activity possible.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service-Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition offers technical assistance and training to support healthy eating and physical activity. Projects include: Healthier US Schools Challenge, Farm to School, and MyPyramid. Free resources and activities are available.

American Heart Association (AHA)- Healthier Kids
AHA suggests strategies for prevention that improve the social and physical environment for healthful eating and physical activity in children. There are several activities and programs for youth including: NFL Play 60 Challenge, Be the Beat, Jump Rope for Heart, and Hoops for Heart. Also includes ways to be an advocate for children's health.

Let's Move!
"America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids." Let's Move! is America's First Lady, Michelle Obama's, personal commitment to increase the health of youth through nutrition and physical activity. This site features facts, food and nutrition, physical activity, resources, and steps to take action to get kids in America healthier. Be a part of the MOVEment, become an advocate, and take the President's challenge.

California Governor's Challenge of Physical Fitness and Sports
Encourages Students, Parents, and Teachers to participate in the Governor's Challenge. Incentives and awards are available. Track your activity level each week with our online calendar. Be active for at least 30-60 minutes 3 days each week. Maintain this schedule for 4 weeks and earn a Certificate of Completion.

An interactive Web site for youth and parents that features "Move, Eat, Learn." Move: games with movement such as fitness challenge, design a dance, games created by kids, and a scavenger hunt. Eat: fun, delicious, and healthy recipes. Learn: InnerG, what goes on in the human body; and Bright Papers, information for youth on related healthy topics.

California Project Lean
Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition. Project Lean offers training and technical assistance. Site includes materials, lesson plans, recipes, resources, and projects.

Teen's Health/Kid's Health
A great site for food, fitness, body, mind, school, and general well-being for teens, kids, and parents.

Healthy Behaviors Initiative
Improving Children's Health through After-school Programs. Site features tools, resources, learning center, videos, and funding.

More than 350 pages of activities that can be utilized to get kids moving. The Playworks Playbook includes cooperative games, ice breakers, tag games, and character building activities.