Coaching For Change, Inc. is passionate about identifying and creating new ways to increase physical activity for school age children. The focus is on encouraging young people to be more physically active and make healthier choices.
In an answer to the First Lady Michelle Obama Let’s Move initiative, Coaching For Change promotes an active community that provides fun and affordable sports and fitness programs.
According to a study conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Health, a staggering one-third of the schoolchildren in MA are overweight or obese by the time they reach first grade. In addition, the Let’s Move website states that 8-18 year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media and only one-third of high school student get the recommended levels of physical activity.
With increasing pressure on schools to perform on standardized tests, classroom overcrowding, and budget cuts on activities that could increase physical activity, students are spending less time accessing information and opportunities for better health. Coaching For Change asks, “How can we create environments that are fun and meaningful?”
In the cities of Boston and Brockton, 43% and 40% of school aged children, respectively, are identified as overweight or obese. In the past 7 months, I have worked with over 700+ kids between the 1-12th grade to increase physical activity in Boston and Brockton. I have done this through my work with the Community Rowing, Inc. “Let’s Row Boston ” which implements indoor rowing in Boston Public middle schools. In Brockton, I have trained high school students to coach the elementary and middle school students at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton.
What are some ways to increase access to physical activity for young people?
- Reduce “screen” time (computers, phones, etc) and identify local after school programs that focus on physical activity. Some of these programs offer financial scholarships that are need sensitive.
- Find 10-15 minutes a day as a family to do something physical. This could be going outside for a walk or simply finding ways to create friendly competitions indoors!
- Get to know other kids in the neighborhood and find ways to create games together.
Coaching For Change, Inc. provides opportunities for fun, sport, and leadership to kids of all ages. We get kids moving but also focus on enjoyment, team work, and appreciation for physical fitness. Through our camps, clinics, after school programs and AAU teams, we provide a diverse range of opportunities to get fit!