State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids Campaign to promote good eating habits and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, in before and after school programs, in childcare programs, and in communities. The campaign is focused on making healthy choices the easy choices.
Why Physical Activity?
Research has established that regular physical activity (PA), combined with good nutrition, contributes to health outcomes such as preventing obesity and reducing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. PA has also been linked to improved educational outcomes such as attentiveness, concentration, and academic performance.
Make It Happen!It takes everyone in our children’s lives to promote physically active lifestyles. Whether a student, teacher, administrator, parent, or local advocate, all have a role in making PA a part of a sound education and a healthy life. Here’s how you can make it happen in your community:
- Active Schools:
- Maintain and support strong physical education programs, which are a child’s primary opportunity to build the essential skills and knowledge to be active for life.
- Incorporate PA daily in instruction beyond PE classes, both during school and in after school programs.
- Implement PA breaks for students and adults and active play for young children.
- Staff PE and PA programs with qualified and well-trained teachers.
- Active Families:
- Decrease sedentary time (e.g., watching television, using the computer, or talking on the phone).
- Make time to spend together doing fun activities such as biking, hiking, and swimming.
- Model healthy eating and PA habits.
- Work with schools, community leaders, and legislators to incorporate daily PA in all school programs.
- Active Communities:
- Create healthy environments that give families easy access to healthy foods and safe outdoor areas for PA.
- Promote Safe Routes to School to encourage children to walk, roll, or bike to school.
- Work with school districts, schools, local government, community-based organizations, and local businesses to create or enhance expanded day and after school programs that incorporate PA.
- Provide safe parks and playgrounds, in good condition, that give families opportunities to run, play, or engage in other recreational and guided activities.
For more information on how you can help promote PA and other healthy choices, refer to the references below *:
Resources for Active Schools
- Let’s Move!: Active Schools
- California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
- California Physical Education Framework - Curriculum Frameworks (PDF)
- Physical activity breaks
- California After School Physical Activity Guidelines (PDF)
- California Endowment: Accelerating School Activity Promotion (PDF)
- After School Physical Activity (video clips)
- Choosy Kids (Resources for working with children ages 2-5)
- Kinesthetic Learning I & II (Strategy for middle grades science instruction)
Resources for Active Families:
- Let's Move!: Active Families
- Walking School Bus
- Active Play in Child Care
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- California State Parks
- CA Walk to School Headquarters
- Just Run
Resources for Active Communities:
- Let's Move!: Active Communities
- California Active Communities
- Centers for Disease Control: Obesity
- Safe Routes to School: School Programs
- Healthy Eating Active Communities
- Planning and Designing the Physically Active Community
* Examples, resources, and Web pages included here do not represent a recommendation by the California Department of Education.