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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 available for school districts and organizations working to sustain nutrition programs for children during current school closures. Learn more.
Funding to help supply resources for meal distribution and delivery to ensure students continue to have access to healthy meals. Learn more.
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: 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.