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1 Physical Activity in Early Childhood Settings Physical Activity in Early Childhood Settings March 7, 2011 Brought to you by

2 About Your Presenter Richard Rairigh Director of Program & Early Childhood Active North Carolina Be Active Kids ® Program Manager Motor Development/Motor Learning and Physical Education Teacher Education

3 What Did You Say? Current practices? Needs/wants? Barriers?

4 Get Active Making physical activity a norm and consistent part of what we do.

5 Outcomes & Objectives 1.Understanding of physical activity 2.Understanding of the latest and most influential research 3.Understanding of Social Ecological Model 4.Understanding of national and state efforts to increase physical activity 5.Understand a comprehensive approach 6.Increase physical activity 7.Do one thing differently over the next 3 months to increase physical activity Be Active Kids: 68,000 young children committed being physically active & 38,000 continuing to be active.

6 Local Partnerships

7 Focus Accumulate at least 30 (toddlers)/60 (preschoolers) minutes daily of structured physical activity. Engage in at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of daily, unstructured physical activity and should not be sedentary for more that 60 minutes at a time except when sleeping. Develop movement skills that are building blocks for more complex movement tasks. Have indoor and outdoor areas that meet or exceed recommended safety standards for performing large-muscle activities. Individuals responsible for the well-being should be aware of the importance of physical activity and facilitate the child's movement skills.

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9 Overview of the Latest Research Physical Activity in Young Children: Role of Child Care (Ward, DS) Low Levels of Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Preschoolers in Child Care (Reilly, JJ) Measurement of Physical Activity in Preschool Children (Pate, RR; ONeill, JR; Mitchell, J) Behavior Mapping: A Method for Linking Preschool Physical Activity and Outdoor Design (Cosco, NG; Moore, RC; Islam, MZ) Effects of Child Care Policy and Environment on Physical Activity (Trost, SG; Wards, DS; Senso, M) Interventions for Increasing Physical Activity at Child Care (Ward, DS; Vaughn, A; McWilliams, C; Hales, D)

10 10 Keys to Success 1.Understanding physical activity 2.Assessing current practices 3.Goal setting and action planning 4.Integrating physical activity into daily routines 5.Alter policies 6.Staff wellness & participation 7.Parent education & participation 8.Enhancing indoor & outdoor spaces 9.Choosing and using equipment 10.Sustaining an active environment through community

11 Whats Going On? National Programs/Practices – SPARK – early childhood SPARK – CATCH – early childhood CATCH – Color Me Healthy Color Me Healthy Initiatives – Lets Move Lets Move – Head Start Body Start Head Start Body Start Groups/Organizations – Kaboom Kaboom – US Play Coalition US Play Coalition – Children & Nature Network Children & Nature Network State Eat Smart Move More Shape NC – NAP SACC NAP SACC – Be Active Kids Be Active Kids – Preventing Obesity by Design/NLI Little Bites, Big Steps Active Play Alliance NC Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!)NCCAN!

12 Resources Fit Source – a web directory for providers https://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/fitsource American Academy of Pediatrics and Bright Futures in Practice National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education National Association for Sport and Physical Education National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc) Active Play Books

13 What Can You Do Now? Getting more people, more active, more often!


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