10 Creative After-school Programs for Kids

Getting Physical

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about the childhood obesity epidemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American children are more overweight and sedentary than ever. And everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to Elmo on Sesame Street is trying to combat the problem.

This is another area where after-school programs can help. Not only are supervised children generally more likely to be active and make better nutritional choices, some programs are specifically geared toward physical fitness. But just because your child isn't interested in joining the basketball team or cheerleading squad doesn't mean there isn't an activity that suits him or her. Consider something more creative to get your child active, like golf or fencing lessons. And look to not only your school's sports programs, but also to local organizations like the YMCA or an area sporting group (such as a cycling club) to see what options are available.

Our next idea might also help kids get active.