Movement in libraries is relatively new. Many resources are available on the physical, emotional, mental, developmental, and social benefits of physical activity. Resource links below have information to help you engage administrators, funders and residents to support physical activities in your libraries.
Dr. Allison G. Kaplan – Get up and move! Why movement is part of early literacy skills development. This webinar articulates the importance of fostering physical activity in library programs for Pre-K youth.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The Benefits of Physical Activity
Staying Active at Any Size – A great resource from the U.S. National Institutes of Health on how physical activity can benefit everyone.
Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español – Does your library serve a Spanish-speaking population? These resources on empowering Latino youth, schools, and communities to make healthy changes can help!
National Institute on Aging – How Exercise Can Help You
National Physical Activity Plan – The vision of this U.S. initiative is “One day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity.”
Active for Life – This initiative focusses on physical literacy for children. At Activeforlife.com program leaders and parents will find fun activities, engaging articles, and free resources to get kids active, healthy and happy.
MedLinePlus (U.S. National Library of Medicine) – Exercise and Physical Fitness Resources
Use of Complementary Health Approaches in the U.S. – Here’s evidence to justify the development of yoga, tai chi, or other mind-body practices in your library. This resource from the U.S. National Institutes of Health makes the case for these movement-based programs.