Physical Activity

Before and After School Physical Activity: A Strategy of the Active Schools Minnesota Initiative

Before and after school interventions aim to increase physical activity outside the regular school day. These types of interventions are also called “out-of-school-time” interventions. These interventions may be carried out within the school setting or in the community, such as at community centers or YMCAs. Schools and community organizations often collaborate to provide before and after school physical activities, such as youth sports.

Out-of-school-time interventions can be developed and delivered by school staff, teachers, community volunteers and leaders of the community-based after school programs. They can either be stand-alone programs that solely focus on physical activity or they can be a component of a larger extracurricular or enrichment program.

Professional development and technical assistance about Before and After School Physical Activity is available. Contact Mary Thissen-Milder, Active Schools Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education, 651-582-8505 or Terri Swartout, Statewide Health Improvement Program Schools Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Education, 651-582-8377.

Before and After School Physical Activity Resources

Policies and Standards for Promoting Physical Activity in After-School Programs (Active Living Research website)

Increasing Physical Activity Before and After School (Alliance for a Healthier Generation website)

California After School Physical Activity Guidelines (California Department of Education website)

After School Standards (North Carolina After School website)

School Policies on Physical Education and Physical Activity (Active Living Research website)

Physical Activity Guidelines for Afterschool Programs (Ohio Afterschool Network website)