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RTIPs Meet-up with SHAPES

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We are delighted to cross-walk R2R and the RTIPs program Supporting Health and Activity in Preschool Environments (SHAPES).

SHAPES is designed to teach childcare providers to help children become more active. Teachers complete six, 30-minute modules over the eight-week course and receive one continuing education credit per module completed, for up to six total credits.

The modules train teachers of three-, four-, and five-year-old children how to integrate fun physical activity into the classroom through academic lessons and class activities. They also teach providers how to help children become more physically active during recess. Additional course materials include a SHAPES/SC guidebook, playbook, activity cards, video library, and discussion forums.

SHAPES is the result of more than two decades of research conducted by our featured RTIPs Partner Dr. Pate and his team. The initial work on SHAPES was a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. In that study, Pate and colleagues developed and tested effective methods for increasing physical activity in preschool age children (i.e., 3-5 years old) at organized care settings.

Less than half of America’s children are meeting the current federal guideline of at least three hours of physical activity per day. Children need this level of activity to support good health and normal development. This research based program fits Dr Pate's mission of serving as an agent of change to support healthier South Carolinians.

Have you thought about implementing SHAPES in your community? Let us know your thoughts and experiences!