For Schools and Communities
We know that positive experiences with physical activity at a young age help lay the basis for being regularly active throughout life*. School sites offer a wonderful opportunity to help foster these experiences. Youth ages six through seventeen are recommended to engage in 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. 60 minutes of physical activity need not be continuous, 10 minute and 15 minute sessions can be encouraged throughout the youth’s day from the start of school through the evening at home with family. Encouragement and opportunity-finding can be fostered through school.
For school sites that have adopted the 5-2-1-0 healthy lifestyle messaging, Move and Improve would be a perfect fit to achieve and incorporate 1 hour or more of physical activity. For more information on 5-2-1-0, visit www.letsgo.org
In addition, we also know that it is recommended for adults to accumulate 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five (if not all) days of the week. Move and Improve offers staff an opportunity to work toward achieving these standards through the use of structured goals. Staff members identify the goal that best fits their needs and may elect to receive helpful tips and information to keep them motivated along the way!