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Additional Resources

The following are programs and tools designed to increase physical activity and promote other healthy habits in children. For additional information, please visit their websites.

Choosy Kids

Choosy Kids, developed by Linda Carson, offers I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) materials developed for Head Start to a wider audience. The program includes information for families and teachers, games and activity CDs to keep children moving, learning and making healthy choices.

Color Me Healthy

A program developed to reach children ages four and five with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating.

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH®) Early Childhood Program

Modeled after the original coordinated school health program, this program is designed to nurture a love for physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3 through 5.

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS)

An intervention that provides nutrition and physical activity education to preschool children, their parents and child care staff. The curriculum focuses on improving the nutrition and physical activity behaviors of preschool children and their parents/caregivers and influencing food and activity practices in child care settings. Materials developed by the New York State Department of Health.

Follow My Lead: Developmentally Appropriate Physical Activities for Young Children

Published by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (2005).

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IMIL is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. Launched in 2005, this program seeks to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity, improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices.

MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children

This program, developed by the Maryland State Department of Education, includes a kit of supplementary lessons on nutrition and physical activity intended as a teacher resource in the early childhood classroom and most appropriate for use with children 3 - 5 years of age. The kit enables the child care provider to teach an entire lesson over the span of a few days or choose one or two activities from a lesson to enhance the daily plan; lessons are flexible and designed to be tailored to the needs of the children in your care.

Sesame Street: Healthy Habits for Life

A 100-page guide—available in English and Spanish—with resources to help you incorporate healthy physical activity and nutrition habits into your everyday life. Features poems, songs, posters, activities, family newsletters and more!

Best Practices for Physical Activity: A Guide to Help Children Grow Up Healthy

Developed by Nemours Health & Prevention Services, this guide presents a comprehensive overview of physical activity recommendations for children and youth, as well as useful terms defined, frequently asked questions, tip sheets, handouts, and creative ideas for engaging children and their families in physical activity.

Sports Play & Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK)

A research-based organization that disseminates evidence-based Physical Education, After-School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs to teachers and recreation leaders serving Pre K through 12th grade students. Each program provides a coordinated package of highly-active curriculum, on-site staff development, extensive follow-up support, and expert selected, content-matched equipment. Developed by the San Diego State University Research Foundation.

Early Care and Education Wellness Resource Toolbox

Published by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Click on "Complete Resource Kit."

National Center of Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)

A resource center focused on physical activity and disability. NCPAD encourages people with disabilities to become physically active.


  • Sanders, Stephen, W. (2002). Active for Life: Developmentally Appropriate Movement Programs for Young Children. Human Kinetics Publishers.
  • Craft, D., & Smith, C. (2008). Active Play: Fun Physical Activities for Young Children.
  • Pica, R. (2004). Experiences in Movement: Birth to Age 8. Wadsworth Publishing.
  • Torbert, M., & Schneider, L. (1993). Follow Me Too: A Handbook of Movement Activities for Three- to Five-Year-Olds. Addison-Wesley.