Move Your Way is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote the physical activity guidelines and help people live healthier lives through increased physical activity. The Southern Nevada Health District is a partner working to implement Move Your Way activities in Southern Nevada.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children and adolescents ages 6-17 get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Regular physical activity improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones & muscles and helps to maintain healthy body weight. Playing sports is one-way youth can get the physical activity they need.
Participation in sports provides cognitive and social benefits as well. Sports participation also provides opportunities for youth to develop social and interpersonal skills, such as teamwork and leadership. Benefits also include higher levels of self-esteem, confidence in their abilities and improved academic performance.
Not all youth have the same opportunity to participate in sports. The Health and Human Services Department developed the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) to address these disparities and the related barriers in order to improve youth sports participation and access. The Southern Nevada Health District is proud to be a NYSS champion and continues to support efforts to increase access to youth sports. We are committed to working toward the NYSS vision: that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code.
There are a number of actions youth sports organizations can take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and reduce the spread during competition and practice. CDC’s Toolkit for Youth Sports includes resources and tools to help youth sports administrators, coaches, and parents protect their teams and players and communicate with their communities.