Klea Scharberg

Ready? Set? PLAY!

Did you play this weekend? We did!

On Saturday, ASCD joined more than 50,000 kids and their families on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., for Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. Now in its eighth year, Worldwide Day of Play encourages kids to get up, get out, and go play! Along with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and Let's Move in School (led by whole child partner the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), partner organizations played games and shared information with families on ways to be healthy in school and in the community.

We know that students do better in school when they are emotionally and physically healthy. They miss fewer classes, are less likely to engage in risky or antisocial behavior, concentrate more, and achieve higher test scores. Motivate and help your kids lead healthy, active lives by joining the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge. The PALA Challenge asks kids to be active 60 minutes a day, at least five days a week, for six out of eight weeks. (Adults should be active 30 minutes a day.) Kids can get started by downloading the PALA Challenge log and track their progress. Once they complete the Challenge, they'll receive digital rewards and a PALA certificate of accomplishment.

What are you waiting for? Go outside and play!

  • Go for a hike.
  • Go for a swim.
  • Do yard work or clean out the basement.
  • Hit the gym.
  • Play a game of flag football.
  • Learn a new sport, like fencing or badminton.
  • Take the dog for a walk.
  • Play hide-and-go-seek or tag with your friends.
  • Go for a canoeing trip.
  • Try indoor rock climbing.
  • Relax while working out with some yoga.
  • Ride your bike to school or work.
  • Walk to the store.
  • See how many jumping jacks you can do.
  • Race a friend to the end of the block.


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