Healthy Afterschool Programs

Phillip Tomporowski and Bryan McCullick, kinesiology faculty members in UGA’s College of Education, are introducing fun and effective exercise games into the Clarke County after-school program curriculum. Previous research by Tomporowski and colleagues at Georgia Health Sciences University demonstrated the cognitive benefits of vigorous exercise programs among overweight school-age children.

The researchers are helping overcome obstacles such as lack of teacher professional development, as well as inadequate facilities to help teachers motivate children to be physically active.

“With preparation,” says Tomporowski, “after-school teachers can motivate children to be physically active and engage in games that are of the intensity and duration to reap health benefits.”