During the pandemic, children and adolescents are experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety, and many schools have begun to place a greater emphasis on social and emotional learning (SEL), which teaches students the skills needed to manage their emotions.
Many students learn about SEL — and other health-enhancing skills — in health and physical education class; however, it’s equally important to emphasize physical activity and healthy habits at home. For parents who are juggling multiple demands such as work, parenting and maybe even virtual school, the idea of adding one more thing to the daily "To Do" list can feel overwhelming. But, incorporating activity and healthy habits can have positive benefits for the entire family.
Approximately 50 million students are currently enrolled in America's elementary and secondary schools (grades pre–K to 12). SHAPE America wants to ensure that all of America's young people are prepared to lead healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, SHAPE America relies on public support to continue our mission. If you would like to help us reach our goal, please consider a donation today.
Does the physical education program in your child’s school help students attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for leading healthy and active lives? SHAPE America's new parent resource can help you find out.
At-home activities for infants, toddlers and kids in preK!