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Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. This effort represents a response to our nation's epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished children and adolescents. Healthy schools produce healthy students - and healthy students are better able to learn and achieve their true potential.


BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination designed for kids 9-13 years old. BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Web site focuses on topics that are important to kids such as stress and physical fitness using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features. BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.


Best Bones Forever
Best Bones Forever!™, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a campaign for girls that encourages them to grow strong by getting active and eating more foods with calcium and vitamin D.


CDC Kidtastics
Kidtastics is a podcast series, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides take home health and safety messages, in English and Spanish, for kids ages 5-10. “For kids by kids”, the audio podcasts are kid-friendly, with fun music and sound effects.


Energizers are short, classroom-based physical activities. The activities last approximately 10 minutes, integrate grade-appropriate learning materials, involve no equipment and require little teacher preparation., from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors.


Go Trybe is an online community where kids and teens can get active, learn about being healthy and connect with each other. The online resource is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to use social media and GoTrybe technology to spread the word about the National Physical Activity Guidelines.


Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities – Built Environment and Physical Activity
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation whose primary goal is to implement healthy eating and active living policy and environmental change initiatives that can support healthier communities for children and families across the United States. This resource guide provides a listing of relevant programs, organizations, tools and presentations intended to support increasing active living via community design.


Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences provides evidence-based information and guidance concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals and the public. The IOM has released reports on the progress in preventing childhood obesity and strategies that local governments can take to address active living.


KaBOOM! is a national non-profit providing toolkits, training and technical assistance for developing playgrounds and creating safe communities that support physical activity. is a site from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation for kids and their parents to learn more about health, fitness and nutrition through fun games, recipes and articles. The Leader’s Guide is a lesson-based curriculum guide for health professionals and educators to use when working with patients and students, and the Parents’ Guide provides quick and easy-to-use information just for parents.


Leadership for Healthy Communities
Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods. The Action Strategies Toolkit provides examples of policy approaches to improve children's health such as increasing access to parks and recreation centers and offering healthier foods in schools.


Let’s Move
Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, health professionals, and families in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.


Move More Standards
The More More: North Carolina’s Recommended Standards for Physical Activity in School provide suggestions on the roles that students, families, principals, teachers, school staff, school board members, superintendents and community leaders can play in making school a place that supports and encourages physical activity.


National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a national authority on physical education and a professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport.


N.C. Action for Healthy Kids
North Carolina Action for Healthy Kids (NCAFHK) is one of 51 Action for Healthy Kids state teams. The mission of N.C. Action for Healthy Kids is to improve children's nutrition and physical activity in schools by collaborating with diverse stakeholders in advocating, promoting and implementing national and state initiatives.


N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NCAAHPERD) is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of research and education within the fields of Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


N.C. Healthy Schools
North Carolina Healthy Schools, a partnership of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. Division of Public Health, focuses on improving the health of students and staff by providing coordination and resources in eight component areas of school health: comprehensive school health education, school health services, a safe physical environment, school counseling, psychological and social services, physical education, nutrition services, school-site health promotion for staff, and family and community involvement in schools.


N.C. Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity
The North Carolina General Assembly convened a Task Force to study issues relating to childhood obesity and to recommend strategies for addressing the problem of childhood obesity and encouraging healthy eating and increased physical activity among children. The final report explains the charge of the Task Force, summarizes the meeting proceedings, and lists the findings and recommendations.


N.C. Safe Routes to School
The North Carolina Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program enables and encourages children to walk and bicycle to school; makes walking and bicycling to school a safe and more appealing transportation option; and facilitates the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of school.


Safe Routes to School
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration offers resources for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs administered by each state. SRTS programs enable community leaders, schools and parents to enhance safety and encourage more children to walk and bicycle to school. The programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve overall health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.


School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
The School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) establish a foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students.


Shape Your World NC
Shape Your World is a statewide movement of North Carolinians who are committed to creating safer and healthier communities through changes in the world around them (called “built environments”).


VERB™ It's what you do
VERB™ It’s what you do. was a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The VERB campaign encouraged tweens (youth age 9-13) to be physically active every day.  Resources developed for the campaign are still accessible via the Web site.


We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)
We Can! is a national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. Tips and fun activities offered to parents, health care providers, and community groups focus on three critical behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time.


Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based recommendations to help persons aged 6 years or older improve their health through physical activity. The Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity.

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