Move More After School
The CDC recommends that kids get 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. In the United States, less than 25% of children and adolescents 6-19 years of age attained 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity at least 5 days a week. With this program, we will help to close that gap for children who participate in after school programs at area schools. Students who participate in Move More After School will engage in multiple, age-appropriate, heart pumping games and activities that will add variety while keeping them healthy and most importantly…having fun!
genHkids’ Move More After School is a program that gets students up and moving around after school hours. Many children are enrolled in after school programs for enrichment, and spend much of their time working with teachers and paraprofessionals on skills mastery and homework. We know how important it is to get them up and moving during the school (active minds can better learn, retain better, and test better!), and after school is no exception!
In addition physical activity also helps to…
- Decrease risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure
- Increase energy and mood
- Increase memory – both long and short-term as well as both rational and working memory
- Increase focus and attention
- Increase school attendance
- Improve academic performance
- Improve focus on tasks in the classroom
- Improve classroom behaviors
- Overall enhance their learning and classroom experience
During the Move More After School program, a genHkids employee or volunteer will lead the kids and their adult leaders in physical activities, helping to design a program that can be used throughout the week, even with genHkids’ staff are not physically present.The program will start with basic stretching and locomotor skills to prevent injury. After the kids’ muscles are loose and their heart rate has started to rise, the kids will get to play a group game where everyone can participate and work together. By engaging in a group game all together, we encourage teamwork and build social skills, such as cooperation and conflict resolution with others, as the students work together with their teammates. This is a great opportunity to expose the kids to new games and new forms of physical activity that they can play outside of school and the after school program.