“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it”

Plato

#libraries4physicalactivity is a movement to increase the recreation opportunities for students within our schools. The aim is to get recreational sporting equipment into school libraries around the world so students can access the equipment just like they would if they were to borrow a book.

There are many intended benefits however, two significant benefits stand out for me. The first is students will have greater access to equipment allowing them to participate in recreational sporting activities during their recess and lunch breaks. This should increase the amount of daily physical activity for these students. It also shows that the school values and promotes physical activity opportunities for their students.

The second benefit is after the minimal initial setup time there is no added demand on teaching staff as it can be run using an important existing school facility . . . the school library.

How does it work?

Step 1 – Grab a small sports bag and put a piece of sporting equipment in it.
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Step 2 – Use a tag to place a barcode on the sports bag so the equipment can be borrowed from the library.
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Step 3 – Let your students know the equipment is available for use during recess and lunch.

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4 – Take a photo of your #libraries4physicalactivity attempt, put it on twitter and mention 4 of your PLN to get them involved. (You may want to set a timeframe to make things interesting)

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If you can spare a bit of extra time and want to go to the next level to help spread the message please complete the Google form so we can track the impact of the movement. The link for the form is https://goo.gl/DFrqTO

If you still need convincing lets look at some information provided by the World Health Organisation. WHO defines physical activity as “any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits”.

The WHO recommends:

  • Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
  • Children and adolescents aged 5-17 years should include activities that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 times per week.
  • Physical activity of amounts greater than 60 minutes daily will provide additional health benefits.

If we create #libraries4physicalactivity around the world and students take advantage of the opportunities provided, we take another step to help them get closer to meeting the recommendations above. #libraries4physicalactivity is not about student activity levels, this is about supporting our students and providing them with opportunities to be active.