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Use this communication to parents as a letter to send home or as a news piece for school website or school/PTA newsletter.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes of physical activity daily. One of our goals this new school year is to create a physically active, friendly environment where all children are meeting that recommendation. The best way to do that is by developing a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP).
With physical education as its foundation, CSPAP features physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement and family and community involvement. Through its initiative called Let's Move in School, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) helps schools integrate physical activity into all aspects of the school day.
In addition to physical education class, students need to take breaks from sitting behind their desks. Schools are being encouraged to integrate physical activity into classroom lessons, at recess and lunch, and after school with physical activity clubs and intramural sports. By maximizing understanding, application and practice of the knowledge and skills learned in physical education, students will be well-equipped for a lifetime of physical activity. To learn more about Let's Move in School, visit www.LetsMoveInSchool.org.
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