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Sitting still in class all day can be tough. Studies have shown that not only do our children love to move around, they perform better in class when they do.

It's hard to go for a walk or a bike ride when the sidewalk is broken down, or the streets don't have enough room for cars and bikes. So parents are helping their neighborhoods transform empty fields and unused paths into play spaces and bike paths. Simple changes like these can have a profound effect on our children's health.

Find out what concerned parents are doing to ensure kids have physical activity options before and after school.

Physical activity in childcare and preschool settings
Learn what parents and childcare providers are doing to get kids moving and foster their natural flow of energy.
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Quality physical education on a daily basis
Pop quizzes shouldn’t be the only things that make students sweat. By standing for change, concerned communities are helping kids get the recommended hour of physical exercise every day.
Strategies to Improve the Quality of Physical Education [PDF-598K]

Physical activity in after-school and childcare programs
Learn what childcare and after-school programs are doing to weave physical games and exercise into students’ free time.
Kids on the Move: Physical Activity Guidelines for Afterschool Programs [PDF-2M]

Alternatives to entertainment screen time (TV, video games) after school
Learn how to help kids put down the remote and pick up a jump rope or a ball.
Limit Tube Time and Get Your Kids Moving

Walking and biking
Find out how to encourage kids to hoof it or pedal their way to their destination.
Make the Most of Play

Safe routes to school and work
Walking paths, bike routes, sidewalks - they all help our kids stay active and healthy. Find out how to get more of them in your community.
Safe Routes to School Handbook [PDF-383K]

Complete streets
Join the movement to get more "complete streets" in our communities - thoughtfully designed roads where walkers, cyclists, drivers and buses can exist in harmony.
Complete Streets Improve Safety for Everyone [PDF-2.1M]

Joint use agreements
What good is a locked playground? Learn how to secure joint use agreements to help more community members become active.
Joint Use 101


Fostering Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Opportunities for a Lifetime of Health
The Roles of Schools, Families, and Communities in Promoting Youth Physical Activity [PDF-1M]
Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit User Guide [PDF-2.27M]
Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools [PDF>-1.77M]
Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Communities [PDF-1.22M]
Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Families [PDF-2.29M]
Make a Difference at Your School! CDC Resources Can Help You Implement Strategies to Prevent Obesity Among Children and Adolescents [PDF-1.65M]
Limiting Screen Time [PDF-345K]
Healthy Habits for Life Resource Kit: Get Moving! English or Spanish
Best Practices for Physical Activity: A Guide to Help Children Grow Up Healthy [PDF-2.13M]
BAM! Body and Mind: Physical Activity