With participation in afterschool programs on the rise, it is essential that childcare settings provide healthy opportunities for kids. By developing healthy behaviors early in their lives, kids are more likely carry on these habits into their futures.

Whether it’s engaging in outdoor activities, sports or indoor games, it’s vital that childcare providers incorporate physical activity into their policies and programs.

With coloring pages, posters, tip sheets and more, Shape Your Future offers a variety of ways to help afterschool and childcare programs instill healthy environments.


The importance of physical activity is monumental for students. Regular movement not only helps reduce childhood obesity, it helps students strengthen and stimulate their brains. A healthier mind means higher test scores, better classroom participation and fewer disciplinary problems.

Aside from improved physical fitness, active kids also gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills, as well as improved self-confidence and self-esteem.

Through in-school and afterschool programs, schools can create active school environments and help their students achieve academic success.

Here are just a few ways to get started:

  • Daily recess
  • Physical education classes
  • Classroom-based physical activities
  • Intramural athletic programs
  • Afterschool activities
  • Interscholastic sports programs