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  1. Make Movement a Part of Your Day Physical Activity Webinar

  2. Factors of Childhood Obesity • Lack of physical activity • Lack of healthy eating habits • Environmental influences within schools, communities, and homes

  3. What is Physical Activity • According to synthesis of research and a consensus of experts, physical activity is: “Bodily movement that is produced by the contraction of skeletal muscle and that increases energy expenditure.” US Surgeon General Report on Physical Activity & Health, 1996.

  4. What is Exercise • Exercise is defined as: “Planned, structured, and repetitive bodily movement done to improve or maintain one or more components of fitness.” US Surgeon General Report on Physical Activity & Health, 1996.

  5. How Active Should Young People Be? • Currently, the recommendation that is consistent across numerous leading scientific organizations: • Among 6-19 year olds, 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week

  6. Benefits of Physical Activity During the School Day • Benefits on the behavioral and cognitive functioning of youth. • Across studies, increased time for physical education does not impact achievement in other subjects. • Recess before lunch means less food waste • Integration of classroom PA breaks might improve on-task behavior during academic instruction. Sources: Tomporowski PD. Cognitive and behavioral responses to acute exercise in youths: a review. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2003;15:348-359. Coe DP, et al. Effect of physical education and activity levels on academic achievement in children. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2006;38:1515-19. SallisJF, et al.. Effects of health-related physical education on academic achievement: project SPARK. Res Q Exerc Sport. 1999; 70:127. Mahar, et al. Effects of classroom-based program on physical activity and on-task behavior. Med Sci Sprts Exer. 2006.

  7. Ways to Integrate PA • Use a prepared fitness break • Just A Minute (JAM) • http://www.healthetips.com/jam-program.php • Use as part of the classroom curriculum and use them multiple times throughout the school day • PE teachers can use as a supplement , or as a warm up to their regular programs • Combine several weeks to create a whole new fitness routine • Use as a part of morning announcement and as a kick-off to a school assembly • Students can lead their classmates as part of their class duties

  8. Ways to Integrate PA • Fitness Alarms • Choose a time during the day where everyone is active • Create School Goals/Competitions • PA Opportunities Before or After School

  9. Ways to Integrate PA • Implement a thematic approach • Coordinate movement activities with content • Use North Carolina Energizers • http://www.ncpe4me.com/energizers.html • Use Michigan Brain Breaks • http://www.emc.cmich.edu/brainbreaks/ • Take 10! • http://www.take10.net/whatistake10.asp?page=new

  10. Ways to Integrate PA • Teacher Toolbox • http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/template.cfm?template=teacher_toolbox_sep07.html

  11. Safe Routes to School • Promote walking and bicycling to school • School leaders should work with local governments to ensure that students have safe routes for walking and bicycling to school • Nation Center for Safe Routes to School • http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/

  12. Elementary Physical Activity • Recess • Rescuing Recess • http://www.cartoonrecessweek.com/ • Recess Before Lunch • http://www.opi.mt.gov/schoolfood/recessBL.html

  13. Secondary Physical Activity • Expand physical activity opportunities by providing clubs, lessons, intramural sports, and interscholastic sports programs that meet the physical activity needs and interests of all students • Teens’ exercise habits are influenced by a number of factors, including social norms, personal abilities and motivations, and family exercise habits and support • Create a student committee to explore what types of PA could be incorporated into the school day

  14. Secondary Physical Activity • Create a positive physical activity environment • During core classes, employ “walk & talks” • Assist adolescents in setting and working toward a specific behavior-change goal

  15. Success Stories • Veteran’s Memorial Middle School in Blue Island, Illinois • Fitness Friday - physical activity during the last half hour of the day • Walking club and a running club that meet twice weekly • Weekly intramural sports for each grade level • Yoga class

  16. Success Stories Arthur Eddy Academy - Saginaw, Michigan • “Boosting Activity” program • Students encouraged to track their physical activity every day • Students receive pedometers at the beginning of the school day, record their daily steps and return the pedometers before leaving campus • The school has also added 15 minutes of daily in-class exercise, in addition to its weekly one-hour physical education class.

  17. Contact Information Lisa Perry National PE/PA Manager PO Box 413 Kremmling, CO 80459 970-724-0088 office lisa.perry@healthiergeneration.org