Physical Activity Programs for Children and Teens
The Florida Department of Health does not endorse the following programs but offers the websites
and descriptions as possible resources to individuals, families, groups and organizations in
developing physical activity and physical education programs for children and teenagers.
SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids)
SPARK is an innovative elementary (K-6) physical education curriculum and staff development
program that has been validated by the Program Effectiveness Panel of the United States Department
of Education. The SPARK program, which evolved from a research study supported by the Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, currently offers materials and services
to schools, university grants, recreation departments, after school programs, hospital community
outreach and health organizations on a non-profit basis, through San Diego State University Foundation.
EPEC - (Excellence in Physical Education Curriculum)
A physical education curriculum improvement program from Michigan. "EPEC is an exciting curriculum
that provides students with the fitness levels, motor skills, activity-related knowledge, and
personal/social/attitudinal characteristics they need to be active for life."
"The nation's leading Pediatric Obesity Program for over 20 years. Children and teens in
SHAPEDOWN enhance their self-esteem, improve peer relationships, adopt healthier habits and
begin to normalize their weight within their genetic potential. Parents feel better about
their parenting and about their child. The family becomes healthier and closer. The results
of SHAPEDOWN go far beyond weight."
The teen program component of this website offers "8 stages that show teens how to build a
Way to go Kids
Education and fitness program for overweight kids ages 9-14. "WAY TO GO KIDS! is a nutrition
and fitness education program designed specifically for Registered Dietitians to teach overweight
and underactive kids (ages 9-14) the skills needed to develop healthy lifestyle habits. The focus
of this upbeat educational program is to encourage healthy eating habits, increased activity, and
provide tools to help kids get their weight under control. This complete eight week nutrition and
fitness program is ready to implement in any facility.
EAT SMART, PLAY HARD
A nutrition education and promotion campaign designed to motivate children to make healthy eating
choices and be physically active.
"Planet Health is an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on improving the health and well-being
of sixth through eighth grade students while building and reinforcing skills in language arts,
math, science, social studies, and physical education. Through classroom and physical education
(PE) activities, Planet Health aims to increase activity, improve dietary quality, and decrease
The Feelin' Good Mileage Club
"Everyone loves the Feelin' Good Mileage Club! For kids-it's fun; for playground supervisors-it
channels kids' energy; for teachers-it gets kids ready to learn; for principals-it's part of the
children's education process; for parents-it's getting their child fit". This website also offers
the Mega Mileage Club.
Coordinated Approach to School Health (CATCH)
"CATCH is a coordinated effort between classroom, cafeteria and physical education. The CATCH
program involves the coordination of four components: health education, physical education,
nutrition services, and parent involvement. CATCH is much more than a cardiovascular or diabetes
education program. It's a great start toward coordinated school health programming."
"Sports Aerobics is an exciting aerobic exercise program using sport skills and fitness movements
to develop health and motor related fitness outcomes." This program is for pre-school through high
school aged youth of any ability.
Movin' and Groovin' Fitness for Kids
This program is designed to lead children though a fun, fast-paced workout on video. "This 30 minute
videotape features 10 original motivating & encouraging songs that provide positive messages on topics
like nutrition, respect & a good nights sleep." There is a Movin' and Groovin' Fitness 1 for ages 4
to 8, and Movin' and Groovin' Fitness 2, for ages 8 and up.
VERB ... It's What You Do!
A National campaign designed to motivate youth to become more physically
active. Link for health care professionals and parents to learn more about the VERB campaign:
Link for youth between the ages of 9-12: