Inspiring Action - A Leader’s Guide to helping kids lead the charge for a healthy community

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Moving & Grooving — Do the kids you work with love to jump, dance, or play sports?Share that passion with your community!
Mental Gymnastics

It’s tough to keep still during long classes or study sessions, but here are a few ways that your group can work with teachers to keep minds fresh and bodies limber!

  1. Ask a teacher or two to help your group with this project.
  2. Make a list of different ways that movement can be integrated into the day. The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas to get you started:
    • Review time: When reviewing material, students can stand in a line against the wall. Each time they answer a question correctly, they take one step forward. The first to reach the “finish line” wins!
    • Pop quizzes: Each time a student correctly answers a question, he or she can move to a different seat in the classroom.
    • Reading: Act out reading assignments!
    • Math and science: Encourage students to find physical ways to express math problems or science concepts.
  3. Go to Active Academics, Instant Recess, or Brain Breaks for more resources and ideas.
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Reach Out
Reach Out
Volunteering is a great way to help others while achieving goals of your own. Can your group find a way to help an cause that you already support by using physical activity?
Meet The Kids of Quiz Ed
Meet The Kids of Quiz Ed
Check out QUIZ ED!
a short film packed with tricky trivia questions and great facts about nutrition and physical activity. This inspiring film shares practical steps kids can take toward living a healthier lifestyle and shows how much kids already know about keeping fit!

See this free film at iom.edu/weightofthenation
Dance Night
Dance Night
Piggyback on an existing community affair such as a school play, PTA/PTO meeting, or sporting event, and create a fun dance night inspired by the cultures that make up your community!
ACTION IDEAS

Reach out**

Volunteering is a great way to help others while achieving goals of your own. Can your group find a way to help an cause that you already support by using physical activity?

  1. Brainstorm a list of all the things your group is passionate about. This could include the environment, animal rights, neighborhood safety, cancer, food banks, the homeless, etc.
  2. Now ask your kids what they could do to help these causes in a waythat also keeps them moving. For example, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life gets participants to run or walk in order to raise money to fight cancer. Think about how bike rides, basketball tournaments, and walks could be integrated!
  3. Create a plan for implementing your idea. Write letters, make posters, and hand out flyers to encourage participation in your event.

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ACTION IDEAS

Dance Night***

Piggyback on an existing community affair such as a school play, PTA/PTO meeting, or sporting event, and create a fun dance night inspired by the cultures that make up your community!

  1. Learn a traditional dance with help from a local dance studio or an older member of the community.
  2. Look at your community’s calendar and decide what event you would like to participate in. Reach out to the organizer and explain that you and your kids would like to teach everyone that dance.
  3. Practice teaching the dance so you know what to do when the big night comes. Pass out flyers about the importance of exercise to everyone who attends!

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ACTION IDEAS

More Inspired Ideas

Here are a few more moving ideas to consider:

  • Organize a morning or evening activity group.*
  • Encourage others to walk or bike to school, work, or local hot spots.*
  • Help out during playtime by leading activities at local day care centers or during recess at your school.*
  • Take a poll to find out how many kids in your group have a TV in their bedrooms, and how many hours are spent in front of a screen (TV, video game, computer, phone). Make a plan for transforming these into more active activities!*

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