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Move, Move, Move: Keeping Activity during Winter Months

Winter is not quite over yet, and for many of us spending an extended period of time outside is not an option. Needless to say, our Club kids have a lot of energy to burn. What can we do to get moving them moving with limited indoor space? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Sean Brock, National Physical Activity/Education Advisor, created a list of strategies to keep kids moving even when temperatures drop below freezing. We added a few details along the way to keep these tips adaptable to your Club!

Here are key points to keep your Club kids active:

Be creative… with your equipment. Fancy equipment is not needed to keep your Club kids active. Search YouTube to find new yoga moves for kids or use objects you have around the Club to make a new game. Creating new games will not only promote activity, but also encourage recycling!

Be creative… with space! You don’t have to have a gymnasium to keep activities going when the weather is dampening your plans. Use hallways or classrooms to set up relays and obstacle courses.

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Emotional Health PSAs for Teens Released by the Campaign to Change Direction

Did you know that one in five people have a diagnosable mental health condition and half of all lifetime condition cases of mental disorders begin by the age of 14? The Campaign to Change Direction is looking to “change the direction” of mental health across generations. As a part of the campaign, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created four public service announcements (PSAs) with the help of Give an Hour to create awareness around mental health so others can identify when a friend may be struggling.

This series of PSAs together aim to:

  1. Promote public education and awareness about mental health;
  2. Educate communities about the Five Signs of emotional suffering;
  3. Identify resources so that those in need can access help and
  4. Encourage compassion and support for individuals with mental health challenges.

One part of the series targets teens. Throughout the video, teens are guided through the reality that emotional suffering can be difficult to spot and even more difficult to talk about. There are five signs, according to the Campaign, to look for in order to identify if a friend or peer is suffering. These signs include personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. Passing along this information to your teens can help save a life! Be sure to check out the full PSA here and find out what additional resources are available to you and your organization!

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