Physical Activity During School
Physical activity during school provides opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities, to practice what they've learned in physical education, work towards the nationally-recommended 60+ minutes of daily moderate-vigorous physical activity, and prepare the brain for learning. Opportunities include:
- Physical activity integrated into classroom lessons
- Physical activity breaks in the classroom
- Recess (elementary school)
- Drop-in physical activity (e.g., after eating lunch) (middle and high school)
Alignment with National Public Health Campaigns
- Provide access to and opportunities for high-quality, comprehensive physical activity programs, anchored by physical education, in Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational settings. Ensure that the programs are physically active, inclusive, safe, and developmentally and culturally appropriate.
- Develop and implement state and school district policies requiring school accountability for the quality and quantity of physical education and physical activity programs.
- State and local educational agencies should be encouraged to promote recess for elementary students and physical activity breaks for older students, and provide support to schools to implement recess in a healthy way that promotes physical activity and social skill development.
- State and local education agencies should be encouraged to provide opportunities in and outside of school for students at increased risk for physical inactivity, including children with disabilities, children with asthma and other chronic diseases, and girls.
- Increase regularly scheduled elementary school recess in the United States.
- Increase the proportion of school districts that require or recommend elementary school recess for an appropriate period of time.
National Standards, Guidelines, and Reports