Ohio Kids on the Move: Physical Activity Guidelines for Afterschool Programs

Ohio Afterschool Network

Afterschool programs often provide the only opportunities for young people to be active. This is particularly true in low-income, urban communities where many children live in cramped housing quarters and being outdoors raises safety issues. It’s also true for rural settings where access to appropriate space and equipment can prove challenging.

Afterschool programs provide the perfect environment for youth to learn by doing. The atmosphere is less formal than school and has the unique opportunity to go “beyond its walls” to collaborate with families and community organizations. The youth-to-staff ratios are smaller and often lead to strong bonds where staff develops a vested interest in the well-being of the youth in their care.

Even for programs steeped in academics, physical activity can have a positive impact on overall goals.

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