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Physical Activity

Benefits of School-Based Physical Activity

This infographic helps illustrate how school-based physical activity benefits not only students, but the school, teachers, and community.

Comprehensive School PA Programs: A Guide for Schools

This guide provides schools with the step-by-step process to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP). The guide can be read and utilized by an existing school health council or wellness committee, or by a new group or committee made up of physical education coordinators and teachers, classroom teachers, school administrators, recess supervisors, before- and after-school program supervisors, parents, and community members. It can be used to develop a new comprehensive school physical activity program or assess and improve an existing one.

Inclusive School Physical Education and Activity

This brief is for state education and health leaders. It defines inclusion, identifies relevant federal policies, describes the current status of inclusion in the United States, and suggests ways to promote inclusion.

Infographic: Benefits of School-Based Physical Activity

Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing a variety of health conditions. Schools are in a unique position, regardless of learning mode, to help students attain the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.

Parents for Healthy Schools

A set of resources containing a guide, PPT presentation, and idea sheets to help schools and school groups (e.g., parent teacher associations (PTA), parent teacher organizations (PTO), school wellness committees) engage parents to create healthy school environments.

Physical Activity Guidelines for School-Aged Children and Adolescents

This web page provides information on physical activity guidelines and recommendations for children ages 6 through 17 years found in Chapter 3 of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) – Guide

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based on national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum for delivering quality physical education in schools. The online PECAT will guide you through completing the entire PECAT, allow you to enter your scores for all PECAT analyses, calculate your overall scores, help you to identify strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum being considered, and guide you through establishing a curriculum improvement plan.

Recess Planning In Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice January 2017

designed to help schools develop a school recess plan. A school recess plan identifies the strategies a school will use to organize and implement recess at the school. This plan should be a written document that can be shared with all school staff, students, and parents.

Strategies for Recess in Schools December 2016

This guide provides evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to increase physical activity participation and improve academic achievement (e.g., performance, behavior, attention).

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

The Toolkit provides you with the resources, materials, and guidance necessary to inform other adults who work with and care for youth about the importance of regular physical current physical activity guidelines, and how to encourage physical activity among youth. Toolkit activity, materials highlight specific strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity.