How to Help Students Stay Active While Staying at Home

Physical activity is one of the best ways for children to stay healthy. Being active not only promotes better physical health, but it also supports cognition, relieves stress and anxiety, improves sleep and boosts immunity—all of which are extremely important for coping effectively with the effects of the pandemic.

School closures and quarantine measures, however, have meant that many students are not experiencing the same opportunities to be physically active through physical education classes, structured recesses or even the normal activities of walking or traveling to and from school or transitioning between classes. With major disruptions to these normal routines, it can be difficult for students and their teachers, parents, and caregivers to know how to adapt and integrate regular movement and activity into their daily lives.

This week we have compiled resources to provide guidance and ideas for supporting students’ health and wellbeing through physical activity.

New Resources

Integrating Physical Activity Into Distance Learning

In this question-and-answer style article, a health and kinesiology professor explains why it’s important for children to stay active while learning from home. Helpful advice is also provided for teachers and parents as they help children to do so.

CDC COVID-19 Guidelines: Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities

For many people, public parks, trails and open spaces are places where children and families can get fresh air, exercise and play. Find current guidelines from the CDC for visiting parks and facilities while continuing to “social distance,” stay safe and keep others protected as well.

Moving More at Home

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers many free and downloadable tools, resources, games and activities to help families and school staff to incorporate physical activities into children’s daily routines.

Virtual Resources for Health and PE

SHAPE America has developed and collected a number of resources for physical education and health education teachers to continue providing high-quality remote lessons. Resources include tips for curriculum and downloadable take-home packets for both English and Spanish speakers.

Grant Alerts

COVID-19 Response Student Success Grants | The NEA Foundation

Grants to help educators adapt to educational challenges due to the effects of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Learn more.

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Emergency Grants | No Kid Hungry

Emergency grants available for school districts and organizations working to sustain nutrition programs for children during current school closures. Learn more.

Deadline: Rolling

Emergency School Nutrition Funding Grants | GENYOUth

Funding to help supply resources for meal distribution and delivery to ensure students continue to have access to healthy meals. Learn more.

Deadline: Rolling

Community COVID Youth-Led Mini-Grants | Peace First

Rapid response grants available to help young people lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, such as providing meals to elderly neighbors, launching digital mental health campaigns, etc. Available to young people between ages 13-25. Learn more.

Deadline: Ongoing

Relatives as Parents Program | Brookdale Foundation Group

Funding to help organizations to develop or expand services for grandparents or surrogate parents taking on responsibility of supporting the health and wellbeing of youth. Learn more.

Deadline: June 10, 2020

*The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.

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