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Having a Successful Physical Activity Event

Community-based organizations are integral to motivating kids to be active. By having local physical activity events, communities can take advantage of the interest that kids have in VERB. A local event could take many shapes and forms, but for it to appeal to tweens, the emphasis must be on fun. Your event might be a stand-alone event in which only your organization participates, or several locations may have simultaneous events throughout town, or your event might even be part of a larger fair or festival. You might even be the planner of your own community-wide physical activity event.

Whatever the scope of your event, keep the following guidelines in mind.

The event should:

  • reach tween audiences
  • offer a choice of fun physical activities and games. (See Appendix A for Game And Activity Ideas.)
  • offer one-on-one interactions
  • provide access for kids of low, moderate, and high activity levels; as well as youth that are physically challenged.
  • focus on the fun and social aspects of play and not on obesity, exercise, or nutrition
  • have enough space to allow for trial of a variety of physical activities – ideally an open space of approximately 30' x 30' to 50' x 50'

The goals at VERB-inspired events are to:

  • get tweens to try multiple physical activities and find something they like
  • see tweens leave wanting to do more physical activity - but for fun, not for exercise
  • get tweens thinking of physical activity as something they can do wherever they are


Page last reviewed: August 1, 2007
Page last modified: August 1, 2007
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health 

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