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Physical Activity

Importance of Physical Activity

Research has shown that sitting or standing in place for hours at a time can have negative effects on your body. It’s a good idea to try and move for approximately three minutes every 30-60 minutes.

Once you start moving, you'll notice:

  • Increased energy
  • A clearer mind
  • Improved mood
  • Higher metabolism
  • Increased blood flow
  • Improved posture

ACES Day Exercises and Stretches

All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) Day.  Since our usual in-person activities for the day weren’t possible this year, Project Healthy Schools, along with some of our friends, recorded videos that were made available to our schools so they could get their children moving throughout the day!

A huge thanks to the UM Women's Basketball UM Dance UM Adaptive Fitness team for their excellent movement videos!

Stretches for Anywhere

We hope these exercises will help parents and school staff think of ways to get even a small amount of exercise and stretching in when they aren’t able to get away from work or the house.

Abductor Stretch

Calf raises


Pectoral Stretch

Bent over row stretch

Standing hip flexor stretch

Modified Exercises

Project Healthy Schools has made it a part of their mission and strategic plan to be more inclusive when creating resources for schools.  Part of our goals includes the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team created by our founder.  One of the best ways we’ve started to see more inclusion when it comes to exercise is the inclusion of exercises that don’t require someone to be standing or jumping.  We hope these resources will help in our mission moving forward to create more inclusive exercises.

UM Adaptive Sports warm-ups

Wrist flexor stretch

Angled neck bender

Neck side bender

Leg raises

Other Resources

At Project Healthy Schools we aim to promote a variety of physical activity exercises even when that resource is coming from somewhere other than PHS.  The following resources are PHS approved and can help create a healthier and more active school community for your students, families, and staff.

GoNoodle® engages and inspires millions of kids every month to channel their boundless energy–getting them up, moving and becoming more mindful. Created by child development experts, you can join for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

More than 15,000 schools and child care sites use CATCH’s evidence-based Whole Child wellness programs, reaching over 3 million PreK-12 students annually.

For over 30 years, the CATCH platform has been proven to launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. CATCH Global Foundation is committed to making the many evidence-based CATCH health programs available to kids everywhere.

Now available to all YMCA members, YMCA360 brings to life the people, places and programs of the Y, and brings membership full-circle.
From yoga to youth sports, enjoy our exclusive collection of on-demand and livestream classes, on all your devices in cinematic 4K. Experience YMCA360, wherever you are and whenever you want, and experience healthy living for all.
Gopher Sport is an industry-leading distributor of institutional-quality physical education, sports, fitness and early childhood products. Their mission is to “Increase the happiness, confidence and self-esteem of young and old by helping them lead more active and healthy lives.”