Be Active Kids is an innovative, interactive health program for North Carolina children ages birth to five.

The goal of the program is to give young children the tools they need to develop positive physical activity and nutrition habits for a lifetime of good health.

Be Active Kids uses colorful characters, interactive hands-on lessons and bright visuals to teach children that physical activity, healthy eating, and food safety can be fun!

On this website there are special areas for kids, parents, childcare providers, and trainers with helpful materials and things to do.



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Congratulations new graduates of the

2014 Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute!


2014 ECPAI Graduates

Mike Lanza Rae Pica Diane Craft in action



new movement guide   Click the image to view a sample





Be Active Kids now has video on YouTube.

See Be Active Kids in actions and other physical activity examples.




Check out and download our new handouts to use in your classroom, with your child care staff, or for parents.

  Literacy in Motion & Music that Moves


  50 Physical Activities To Do With Milk Jugs


  50 Ways To Use Your Noodle


  20 Fun Things You Can Do in the Mud


  101 Things To Do With a Stick


  50 Things To Do With a Beach Ball


  Fun Ideas for Using Play Things


  Nutrition & Physical Activity Checklist




September 30th - October 3rd 

Marbles Kids Museum & UNC Botanical Garden


Comments from Participants:

    • "What a great way to connect the dots between childrens play, physical activity, and learning."
    • "The best thing about the Institute was actually doing what we learned and being able to work with young children." 
    • "I felt so much more prepared by the third day!"
    • "I think the training was great, one of the best I've ever attended in fact because I really learned so much and hands on practical skills to put into practice right away."

    Collaborative Partners:

    2013 ecpai partners


     Click here for an overview of this years institute.





    Report full report            Brief Issue Brief

    NCIOM releases expert taskforce recommendations for obesity prevention for NC’s youngest children. 

    Click the images above to view full report (left) and brief (right).  Also check out some of the great partners across North Carolina doing the good working of early childhood obesity prevention:  BCBSNC Foundation, North Carolina Partnership for Children/Smart Start, Natural Learning Initiative/NCSU, and UNC Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention/Go NAP SACC.





    Play Daze logoThanks to all those folks across the state that spent some time playing with their children!

    Check out for pictures and impact information.


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    • "Most children do not get to experience playing outside on a normal daily basis like they did at the Play Daze event, and I want to say thank you for that experience for them and myself."
    • "It took me back to a time many years ago when I was growing up and we got to play outside all day long." 
    • "I was able to make it to Play Daze yesterday! I LOVED it! I have never participated in this before, but I loved every minute of it. This is an awesome way for kids to just be kids." 



    National Association for the Education of Young Children (Washington, DC), November 20-23, 2013.  Follow this link for more information.

    Childhood Obesity Conference (Long Beach, California), June 17-20, 2013.  Follow this link for more information.

    National Smart Start Conference (Greensboro, NC) is April 29-May 2, 2013. Follow this link for more information.

    North Carolina CACFP Conference: Shaping Futures (Durham, NC) will take place June 5-7, 2013. The conference will focus on nutrition, physical activity, and administration of the CACFP. Follow this link for more information.

    TASP and IPA/USA Joint Conference (Newark, DE), March 6-9, 2013.  Follow this link for more information.

    US Play Coalition Conference (Clemson, SC),  February 17-20, 2013.  Follow this link for more information.


    CHANGES IN 2013


    • New Be Active Kids Physical Activity and Motor Skills Guide for Children Birth to Five released in September. Trainings to be scheduled Fall  and Winter 2013.

    • New Contact Information for Be Active Kids

    Mailing Address: PO Box 525, Morrisville, NC 27560

    Fax Number: 919-510-5033

    • Be Active Kids Password-Protected area for trainers and providers is currently under construction. For kit orders and other information about Be Active Kids please contact us directly though email or telephone


    Child Care law and rule changes support 60 minutes of daily physical activity & healthier foods. 

    More obesity prevention works best in the under 5 crowd.  More


    Toddlers should receive at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity and 60+ minutes of unstructured physical activity each day.

    Preschoolers should receive at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity and 60+ minutes of unstructured physical activity each day.

    2014 OUTCOMES:

    Three month follow up data shows that a greater percentage of child care providers trained on the Be Active Kids curriculum are addressing more best practices related to physical activity in early child care settings. See chart below. The area shaded in blue shows the percentage of child care providers addressing that physical activity best practice at baseline. The red area represents the percentage of child care providers addressing that same practice three months after their initial Be Active Kids training.


    Program Verification Reports

    2014 - Mid Year Report

    2013 - 4th Quarter Report

    2013 - Mid Year Report