Youth Fit for Life

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  • Healthy child development
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  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Recreation/ Fitness/ Sport Facilities

Overview

Youth Fit For Life is a 12-week after-school physical activity program for children aged 5-12 years who are already enrolled in some form of after-school care. The program is administered by trained after-school counselors with little or no prior experiment delivering physical education. Youth Fit For Life meets three times per week for 45-minute sessions that include physical resistance training and cardiovascular exercise in the form of non-competitive activities and cooperative games. A nutrition and health education component is provided for 5 minutes at each session, centered on a weekly theme. Once a week for 20 minutes, there is training around interactive, behavioral life skills (such as goal-setting, recruiting social support, and positive self-talk) presented in a conversational group format.

This intervention is primarily targeting physical activity and has demonstrated consistent impacts on physical activity/ health indicators (e.g., Body Mass Index). Some studies have also noted positive impacts on participants’ mood, self-efficacy and physical self-concepts.

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