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The National Centers for Disease Control reported that obesity and health
problems relating to obesity has become one of the leading causes of death
in the United States. This trend is also seen around the developed world, especially
among children. Rates of juvenile obesity are skyrocketing in part due to diet
and in part due to a significant decrease in regular physical activity. When
you extrapolate out the health care costs in 20-30 years due to children who
are obese now the figures are huge. This has become a significant public health
Outdoor and adventure education can contribute to the type of regular physical
activity that children need to stay fit. All programs who work with children
should be aware of the wealth of resources both information and funding that
now exist to help provide physical education to children. The following information,
compiled from the Centers for Disease Control Web site will provide you with
a range of resources for developing physical activity programs for youth.
In order to address the growing health issues associated with lack
of physical activity, the CDC has insitututed a number of programs.
These sites may be useful for communities looking for physical activity resources.
10 Tips to Eating Healthy and Physical Activity for you from the President's
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
99 Tips to Family Fitness and Fun
CDC's Body and Mind Web site for kids
A guide to reliable health information from the U.S. Department of Health and
After School Physical Activity
Healthy Kids. Healthy Families. Physical activity brochures
Ideas for at home, work, and play
Kids Walk to School Program
Make Family Time an Active Time
Making Physical Activity Part of Your Life
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability has different fact
sheets by type of activity and specific disabilities and conditions.
Promoting physical activity through outdoor trails
Tips for raising heart healthy, active children
A Web site for active living and healthy eating for kids ages 9-12
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American Heart Association's online curriculum HeartPower! for teaching about
the heart and how to keep it healthy
CDC's Body and Mind Web site for teachers
Classroom-based physical activity curriculum for teachers and students
Classroom-based physical activity program for K-5
Ideas on ways for students to be more physically active that include planning
for physical activity, suitable activities, and a daily checklist for physical
Kids Walk to School Program
Physical education resources and links
Resources for health and physical educators
You Inspire Strong Minds. Help Inspire Strong Bodies. Physical activity
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health
CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
These sites may be useful to communities looking for funding information to
support physical activity among youth.
Federal Funding Reports
FirstGov Grants, Loans, and other Assistance
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grants
U.S. Department of Education Grants
U.S. House of Representatives Federal Funds Express
Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program
Bell South Foundation
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Donations Program
Connect for Kids
Corporation for National and Community Service: MLK Jr Day of Service
DuPont Community Outreach
Education's Unsung Heroes Awards
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Freddie Mac Foundation
Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids Foundation
Grants for Non Profits
GM Ability Philanthropy
Hasbro Children's Foundation
Kaiser Family Foundation
Levi Strauss & Co.
National 4-H Council
National Rural Funders Collaborative
NYDIC Funding Opportunities for Youth Development Programs
Plum Creek Foundation
Quad Graphics/Windhover Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sprint Community Service
Starbucks Foundation Grant Programs
The Foundation Center
The Grantsmanship Center
Thomson West Grant Programs
U.S. Bancorp Community Relations
Winning Grant Proposals Online
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Resources compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.
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