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Create an Active Generation of Kids with IHRSA’s Latest E-book

September is Child Obesity Month, a time to raise awareness for child obesity in the U.S. and promote steps communities can take to prevent it. 

Physical activity is a key component of treating and preventing child obesity, and can improve obesity-related risk factors, such as blood pressure and waist circumference. Children who are active are less likely to be obese, and exercise can help obese kids lose weight and body fat, do better in school, and have more confidence and self esteem. 

Health clubs play an important role in providing access to active spaces for kids, and they do it in a variety of ways. Some clubs provide separate spaces for kids to be active, some offer sport-specific programming and training like swimming or tennis, and others offer after school programs. Additionally, some clubs work directly with schools to provide physical activity or fundraising. 

The September edition of “12 Months of Health Promotion” will help you offer successful programming for children and adolescents. The e-book includes tools to help you develop programs, ideas for activities that appeal to kids and teens, shareable articles on the benefits of physical activity for kids, and the importance of making it more accessible in school and society. 

This month’s resources include: 

  • 7 Programming Ideas for Kids and Teens
  • “Best Practice E-book: Active Kids in the School and Community”
  • Key Takeaways from “Programming 101: The ABC’s of Children’s Programming”
  • Relevant articles and blog posts to read and share 

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