Partners: Planning Guides and Activity Tips
The more you encourage activity and active play to happen, the more kids will
want to GO. You can work with the VERB campaign on a small scale: use the
campaign materials once or twice to keep the message fresh. You can work with
the VERB campaign on a grander scale:
organize community-wide events for tweens to try new physical activities.
VERB in Your Community
Designing a Successful VERB Scorecard Campaign in Your Community
[pdf 1.7M]. This publication guides the reader through the process of designing
a program that gets their community (including businesses,
non-profits, and schools) involved in promoting physical
activity among 9 to 13 year olds. This 22-page, easy-to-read
guide provides background on VERB, explains the scorecard
program, and provides suggestions that assist the reader in
modifying the program to fit their particular community.
Also available as HTML.
Use Campaign Research in Your Programs
Make physical activity more fun and appealing to tweens by using some of
the campaign’s research findings
in your existing programs and classrooms:
- Help tweens discover new activities they enjoy. Children this age respond to
the spirit of adventure, discovery and finding their own thing.
- Prizes are great incentives for kids! Give away small prizes such as stickers
or water bottles to reward kids for their efforts.
- Design activities with input from the kids. They will be more inclined to
participate because they want to, not because they have to.
- Some tweens prefer activities with a competitive edge, while others simply
like playing a game with friends. Find out their preferences. All tweens will
experience the rewards of being active if it is enjoyable for them.
- Tweens, especially girls, like social interaction with friends. It makes
playing actively more fun and offers opportunities for peer recognition and
- Praise kids just for trying something new and getting active. Your
encouragement means a lot to them.
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Page last reviewed: September 07, 2007
Page last modified: September 07, 2007
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health