What is BOKS
Our Flagship Program
BOKS is Backed by Science
Physiological Effects of the BOKS Before-School Physical Activity Program for Preadolescent Youth
Effects of Before-School Physical Activity on Obesity Prevention and Wellness
The effect of before school physical activity on child development: A study protocol to evaluate the Build Our Kids Success (BOKS) Program
How Well Does Before School Exercise “Build Our Kids’ Success”
Before the School Bell Rings
Our Hockomock Area YMCA has enjoyed an amazing partnership with BOKS, benefiting hundreds of school-aged children in the 15 area communities we are so proud to serve. BOKS has provided our teachers with innovative training and support to help implement the physical education curriculum. Children are the beneficiaries of this great program! They are learning that physical education can be fun, interactive and help shape a healthy futures.
Association Director of Childcare Services @ Hockomock Area YMCA
2017 Global Impact Report
The 2017 BOKS Global Impact Report and its contents are the result of the combined efforts and hard work of so many individuals who give us faith that for the right cause, people from all different backgrounds, incomes, occupations, etc. can come together and make an impact. Click here to download the full report and see the impact BOKS has made in 2017.
This 12-week curriculum focuses on getting elementary kids moving while developing a functional fitness skill of the week (ex. squat, push up, plank). Each class includes a free play period, warm up, skill, running related activities, class game, and short nutritional talk.
This 12-week curriculum focuses on developing basic fundamental movement skills (kicking, catching, throwing, striking) and fitness principles (strength, endurance, coordination) through fun activities and games suitable for K-8 students and includes an age-specific nutrition component.
Targeted at older students, this curriculum “hides” functional fitness skills and concepts within games, relays, and obstacle courses. By combining traditional playground games, typical ball sports and fast paced relay races and obstacle courses, BOKS provides the moderate to vigorous physical activity programming.
The curriculum keeps young kids (aged 2-5) active throughout their day as well as teaches them about healthy eating habits. The early childhood curriculum provides younger children a safe, fun environment to practice skills through play, while building confidence and developing lifelong healthy habits.
BOKS Bursts are short 1 to 10 minute in-classroom physical activities created to help kids stay active throughout the school day, energizing their brains for enhanced learning. All Bursts, whether individual, partner, or team focused, are designed with a classroom setting in mind and can be performed with minimal space.
Yoga and Mindfulness
Yoga and Mindfulness
BOKS and Tara Stiles (founder of STRALA Yoga) teamed up to create fun and easy yoga and mindfulness activities. Designed to activate the body’s relaxation response by breathing deep, matching your breath and body together, and moving your whole body in harmony with itself, these activities are perfect for students of all ages.