Physical Activity

Physical activity is  an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Consistent physical activity while very young helps to form healthy habits that will be practiced into adulthood. In addition to preventing obesity,  play is important for physical development and has been shown to increase focus and improve behavior in school.

Healthy and Active Before 5 encourages the increase of physical activity and play for young children in Contra Costa County.

Programs and research concerning physical activity for children 0-5 is new. This page is a resource for parents, advocates, and providers towards increasing awareness and to assist you in creating your own play program.

  • Our Recommendations page includes research and guidelines associated with play.
  • Find Resources from organizations doing work involving physical activity.
  • Check out Success Stories from organizations that promote play, like First 5 Contra Costa below, from our blog.

First 5 Contra Costa promotes physical activity by providing classes for young children through out the county!