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Helping Children Exercise During COVID-19

In this episode of Michigan Minds, Rebecca Hasson, associate professor at the School of Kinesiology and director of the Active Schools and Communities Core within the U-M Exercise Sport and Science Initiative, discusses the new InPACT at Home fitness program for children, which offers free workouts developed by physical education teachers to promote at-home exercise. 

“We started to brainstorm what we can do while we are sheltering in place to promote physical activity among our K-12 students, and that is how InPACT at Home came about,” Hasson explains. “By creating these videos that give them 20 minutes of health-enhancing physical activity, we are hoping to spark interest in being more physically active at home.”

InPACT stands for Interrupting Prolonged Sitting with Activity. It was developed by University of Michigan with state and national partners, with hopes to offset the negative impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on Michigan’s 1.5 million school kids by offering free, online workouts they can do in their homes. 

Read more from Michigan News and listen to this episode of the Michigan Minds podcast.