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New E-book: Active Kids in the School & Community

Children who are physically active have better academic test performance, a lower risk of developing diabetes, and increased confidence and self-esteem—but few are getting enough exercise. To help solve this problem, many health clubs have joined other institutions, like schools and healthcare centers, to encourage kids to become more active. 

IHRSA’s new e-book, Active Kids in the School & Community, highlights seven IHRSA member clubs that are running successful programs and initiatives to get kids moving in their communities. 

There are four common themes among the successful clubs featured in the e-book: 

1. Emphasis on Character Building 

Many of the clubs interviewed aren’t just focused on providing opportunities and spaces for kids to get their heart rate up and burn calories—they are also providing programs that foster important character qualities in kids, such as teamwork, sportsmanship, empathy, confidence, and self-esteem. Ultimately the focus for many clubs goes beyond getting kids to be physically active right now to building character traits that will last a lifetime. 

2. Meeting Kids Where They Are 

When it comes to kids’ programming, offering age-appropriate opportunities is one of the most important things to do. Each of the clubs highlighted finds success by providing fun, age friendly options from tennis to sports training to play spaces. 

3. Community Service 

Many of the clubs who offer programming for children feel the higher calling to community service, and this calling often plays a large role in the development of each program. In addition, the focus on community outreach and health is often part of the clubs’ branding, and the programs only solidify their commitment to and reputation for service and community engagement. 

4. Hiring The Right People 

Finding the right person to run programs for kids emerged as an important consideration. It is important to staff your program with someone who enjoys working with kids, is passionate about what they do, and has experience with the type of program the club is running—from tennis to fitness to active play.

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