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Technology and Fitness in Afterschool

Get excited about moving!

Technology comes with a price tag many afterschool programs cannot afford—and if they can afford it, the idea of a child "running with" technology is perhaps nerve-wracking. Technology is the here and now, however, and when we can use it to boost physical fitness, sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zones and try.

Here are a variety of low-cost and free opportunities you could incorporate into your program, or you could encourage children and youth to incorporate into their home-use devices to get them excited about moving.

Pedometers
Provide pedometers for your students to wear all day long. Track their daily footsteps. Calculate their personal accomplishments over a week, a month, a semester. Students can practice math skills and challenge themselves to walk and move more.

Interactive Video Games
If your children enjoy video games, get them moving with Wii Fit/Wii Sports or Just Dance games. Challenge them for time, accuracy and points. Each child can track his or her own progress and skills.

Walking Programs
All you need is a good pair of walking shoes. Sign up your program and your students on the American Heart Association's online activity tracker at www.startwalkingnow.org.

For more information, including free app recommendations, click here to read this article in its entirety in the digital edition of AfterSchool Today magazine.

 

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