Well Done: Leadership Council agencies encourage play!

Healthy and Active Before 5 is committed to increasing the availability and utilization of safe play and physical activity for young children and families within our county.

Over the past year, Project Assistant Tonya Love, has been reviewing literature, conducting interviews with Contra Costa experts, and providing technical assistance to our Leadership Council agencies to help in their efforts to establish new policies and practices that promote physical activity. (Work funded by Kaiser Permanente Diablo Area Community Benefit.)

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NAPSE) states that all children age 0-5 should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday. Physical activity can range from continuous crawling and walking for infants, to running, jumping and dancing for toddlers. They can even participate in organized sports!

Tonya has found several Leadership Council organizations that are already promoting physical activity for young kids by incorporating activity into their child care curriculum or providing opportunities for exercise and play.

First 5 Contra Costa provides free and low cost activity classes for children aged 3-5 throughout the county. Soccer games and drills are a great way to keep all the kids moving and playing …not just the one child “at bat.”

First 5 Contra Costa Soccer Practice

Contra Costa College Early Learning Center in San Pablo incorporates 30-60 min of physical activity into their curriculum. We know that outdoor play is more energetic than indoor play.

Contra Costa College Early Learning Center children play hard!

Weigh of Life in Richmond provides classes to parents, and incorporates 30-60 min of physical activity into their child care program. Supporting new healthy habits for the whole family.

Family members of Weigh of Life get moving!

At the Healthy and Active Before 5 2010 Community Summit on November 5th, these short videos will be on display. Come meet with staff of each organization and learn more about these innovative programs.

Also Friday morning, Contra Costa County’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) will be leading our physical activity break and be sharing their new dvd, “Have Fun, Be Active!” which includes examples of physical activity you can do at home or at your workplace!

To learn more on what you can do to promote physical activity, or share what your organization is already doing, contact HAB45 Project Assistant Tonya Love. For more information on NAPSE guidelines, visit their website at http://www.napse.org.

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