What is the Physical Activity Program?
Our health educators promote increased physical activity in children and adults.
In school settings, we offer the Promoting Lifetime Activity for Youth through Play program to students in grades 4–8. This teacher-directed program encourages students to get active and discover what they can do to make healthy lifestyle choices. Many students completing the program receive the Presidential Active Lifestyle award.
For adults we offer:
- The Arizona Take Charge Challenge, a 12-week program that promotes increased understanding and support for higher levels of physical activity.
- Worksite Wellness presentations are available at worksites and in community settings.
- We also work with community partners to support the TrekAbout walking club.
Why is it needed?
Lack of physical activity is a big reason why many adults and children are becoming overweight and obese. Obesity increases the risk for diabetes and cancer, as well as contributing to heart disease. People who don’t know where to begin can learn valuable skills throughout these programs. Our programs help people enjoy the benefits of daily walking and increased physical activity.
Who is eligible?
The PLAY program is available to public and charter schools in Yavapai County. The adult programs are available to all residents of Yavapai County.
Is there a cost?
All physical activity programs and materials are free.
What are the goals of the program?
The goal of the program is to increase physical activity and promote healthy choices among residents of Yavapai County.
What have the programs achieved?
Each year, about 1300 students participate in the PLAY program. The students log their physical activity for 12 weeks and earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.
The Arizona Take Charge Challenge has annually helped 250-300 participants to revive, maintain or improve their fitness.
Where are the services available?
Services are available in schools and worksites throughout Yavapai County.
Who do I contact for more information?
Physical Activity Program
Prescott: (928) 442-5567
Cottonwood: (928) 634-6858