Living Fit in Fairfax
The School Age Child Care program is partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services on a three-year project that supports the health and fitness of children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The goal of the program is to help children make sustained changes in food choices and exercise habits, and learn how to independently manage their health and fitness for a lifetime.
“All three partners will use a curriculum developed by health and physical education specialists that offers fun, coordinated lessons on healthy habits, fitness, interpersonal skills, and daily wellness practices,” explained SACC Program Administrator Beth Leggat, who is the project liaison for SACC.
The curriculum is designed to integrate nutrition and fitness information into reading, writing, math and the creative arts.
“The same information children receive during the day in school will be reinforced in their after-school programs,” Leggat said.
The fitness component will feature information and activities that promote children’s muscle strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, and flexibility.
“Children naturally love to engage in movement and physical activity. This program will help them understand how their bodies benefit from each type of activity, and why it’s important to continue being physically active for the rest of their lives,” Leggat said.
The project is the result of a grant the Fairfax County Public Schools received from the U.S. Department of Education.