After-School Gets Moving

Project Director: Georgia Hall, Ph.D.
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vida Health

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) conducted a comprehensive outcomes research study of After-School Gets Moving, a physical activity training resource tool for out-of-school time (OST) professionals. After-School Gets Moving, which includes a DVD and printed corresponding exercises, was designed and developed by Vida Health Communications of Cambridge with funding from the CDCP.

Along with a local intermediary/OST leader, NIOST identified programs in four cities/regions across the country to participate in After-School Gets Moving. Baseline data was collected through surveys, observations, and pedometer counts of children participating in the programs. Data collection repeated via surveys, observation, and pedometers two weeks and then ten weeks following program staff training.

After-School Gets Moving Video with Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

In the first part of this video series, Hall examines the health risks associated with less physical activity and the positive effects of physical activity on children.

In the second part of this video series, Hall describes what Afterschool Gets Moving is and how it encourages more physical activity in afterschool programs.

In the third part of this video series, Hall discusses how Afterschool Gets Moving collects data on their interventions in afterschool programs, and how that data has better informed them on how to introduce more physical activity in afterschool programs.

In the fourth part of this video series, Hall discusses the importance of afterschool programs making use of their transition times between activities and the importance of introducing more physical activity in afterschool programs.\

"After School Gets Moving" Leader's Training Guide & DVD

The Leader’s Guide is a companion to the “After School Gets Moving” DVD program. It is a resource for after school program directors to train after school program staff, paraprofessionals, and volunteers who work in after school programs serving children in grades K-5. Together, the DVD and Leader’s Guide show how to promote more safe and healthy physical activity in after school -- particularly in environments where space and other resources are limited.

View the Leader's Guide.

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    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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