As childhood obesity rates continue to climb public heath agencies and researchers are looking at the value of recess in terms of children's energy expenditure. In other words, "Is fun enough when it comes to recess games or should we be emphasizing active play games and activities?"
To find out the answer to that question, researchers from Children's Hospital Boston's Clinical Research Program and UMass Amherst are collecting data that could help teachers turn idle recess time into a high octane, fat-burning extravaganza.
Check the Thrive blog for a listing of the most "active" games as identified by their research. Download AKIDS Games Guide with rules, diagrams, equipment needed and directions on how to play each game.