As an organization, there are certain projects that get us extra excited, and working on recess is one of them. With support from the Aetna Foundation, Fit4Kids is working to make the most of recess.

Did you know that students accumulate up to 40% of their daily physical activity during recess? (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Thanks to the Aetna Foundation, Fit4Kids is able to deliver recess programming to empower teachers and help schools make recess as active, healthy, and fun as it can be!

Making the Most of Recess provides teachers with recess strategies and activities, including fun games like Switch– a favorite among students and staff! Games like Switch allow students to play the role of facilitators which makes recess more active and engaging. We know that autonomous play matters for all children and is essential to development. In addition to its physical benefits, recess provides an opportunity for the development of social skills, counterbalances sedentary time spent at school and home, and reduces stressors that may interfere with academic achievement or behavior.  

To gain parent and teacher perspectives of recess, Fit4Kids and our coalition partners have been engaging with Richmond elementary school PTAs to collect input on the benefits of active daily recess. We have also provided training and technical assistance on indoor and outdoor recess strategies in both Richmond and Petersburg schools.

We’re excited to PLAY MORE with support from the Aetna Foundation!