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June 8, 2022
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On June 8, 2022, FAAFC’s panel of experts addressed the challenges and benefits of exercise,  sports, and proper nutrition for children of all ages. In the United States, only 20% of children aged 6-17 meet the recommended standard of exercise for one hour daily. When daily activity is implemented, the health benefits are enormous including  improvements in: bone health, cardiovascular fitness, muscular development, metabolic health, reduced risk of depression, and better cognition. Our expert panelists, who  have experience in Physical Education, Coaching, Fitness Programming, as well as Supervision and Curriculum development, offered valuable strategies available to improve fitness and sports in schools and after-school settings.  They advised families on how to engage their children in fun and cost-effective physical activities while addressing the importance of healthy nutrition and hydration related to exercise. We encourage you to view the recording and share it with staff, colleagues and friends: anyone interested in finding strategies to motivate children to create healthy habits for life! Don’t forget to click on the “Ressources” icon above for links additional information , tips and data.


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Craig P. DeAngelis

Ed.D., C.S.C.S
Dr. Craig P. DeAngelis, C.S.C.S. is a former interscholastic and intercollegiate athlete with an extensive background in sports participation. He holds five-degree distinctions including a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Health and Sports Fitness Studies as well as a doctorate in Sports Management. His professional career has included time spent in the K-12 educational environment, multiple administrative positions, various coaching roles, involvement as a sports practitioner, and work in the higher education setting.
In addition to his time spent in education, Dr. DeAngelis is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with over a decade of experience as a Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. Dr. DeAngelis’ research centers on impactful leadership practice and the holistic development of student athletes. Currently, he is active as an educator, strength coach, and professor. As an experienced speaker and author, Dr. DeAngelis is best known for his “down-to-earth” communication style and practical takeaways.
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Wendy Hansen-Siskin

National Program Director at Wellness in the Schools

Wendy Hansen-Siskin is a National Program Director at Wellness in the Schools and has grown with the organization over the past 11 years. Her role is now to run program operations, training, and curriculum development for the food and fitness programming in schools. Wendy has worked in Youth Development and Youth Fitness for over 20 years. As a lifelong athlete, Wendy earned a full swimming scholarship and degrees in Kinesiology and Dietetics from Louisiana State University.

After graduation, she started her career as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehab. It was that specialty which inspired her to refocus her efforts towards Preventative Medicine. Wendy dove deeper into the field by acquiring additional certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Youth Conditioning Association. She has since developed programming for several SBYD (Sports Based Youth Development) organizations dealing with how to engage children from diverse demographics in physical activity, implementing multiple methodologies that target positive social development, nutrition education/awareness, sport-specific skills, and healthy habit formations.

Wendy now focuses all her efforts on the development of Wellness in the Schools' programming as they grow across the country.

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Darril Almonte

Director of Athletics at the Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse

Darril Almonte is a Bronx Native, with significant experience in the field of youth development. In his early life, Darril faced many obstacles and adversities similar to most youth from the Bronx. He attended public schools in underserved neighborhoods ridden with crime, drugs and gangs. Fortunately for Darril, he found a sanctuary in sports that kept him out of trouble and focused on a bright future.

After Darril graduated from High School, a new Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club site opened in Darril’s neighborhood called the Fredric R. & Margaret Coudert Clubhouse. Darril was hired by Kips Bay at the age of eighteen, where he then began to serve the community he was raised in. Darril’s ability to relate to youth experiencing the same trials and tribulations he once faced, made him an excellent youth worker. He began working for Kips Bay part-time while attending John Jay College as an undergraduate student. After graduating from John Jay, he earned a professional position as a Teens Director for Kips Bay.

Twelve years later, Darril has attained numerous positions at the organization. He now works at the Flagship site, the Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse as the Director of Athletics. Darril’s passion and dedication to community enrichment are the foundation for his success in youth development. He has committed his professional career to making a difference in the everyday lives of young people who are in dire need of opportunity and empowerment.

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Tips on how to incorporate physical activity breaks at home to help your kids get their recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.



Clubs provide a fun, safe and constructive environment for kids and teens during out-of-school hours, including summer and after school.


YMCA youth sports provide opportunities for camaraderie, building skills and character development. We aim to keep kids moving and focus on their health and well-being.


Tips sheet form the CDC to help promote healthy eating and physical activity in the classroom


Tip sheet on how to find ways to help your kids fit more activity into their day.


Check out the league's national youth health and wellness campaign that encourages kids to get physically active for at least 60 minutes a day.



Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth



Schools have a fundamental role to play in encouraging and motivating students to achieve the CDC's daily recommendations of physical activity. This guide helps schools identify how to establish more active school environments

Little League® International

The league believes in the power of youth baseball and softball to teach life lessons that build stronger communities and individuals.