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Make Movement a Part of Your Day Physical Activity Webinar Factors of Childhood Obesity Lack of physical activity Lack of healthy eating habits Environmental influences within schools, communities, and homes What is Physical Activity

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make movement a part of your day

Make Movement a Part of Your Day

Physical Activity


factors of childhood obesity
Factors of Childhood Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Lack of healthy eating habits
  • Environmental influences within schools, communities, and homes
what is physical activity
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.

what is exercise
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.

how active should young people be
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
benefits of physical activity during the school day
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.

ways to integrate pa
Ways to Integrate PA
  • Use a prepared fitness break
    • Just A Minute (JAM)
      • 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
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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
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Ways to Integrate PA
  • Implement a thematic approach
    • Coordinate movement activities with content
  • Use North Carolina Energizers
  • Use Michigan Brain Breaks
  • Take 10!
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Ways to Integrate PA
  • Teacher Toolbox
safe routes to school
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
elementary physical activity
Elementary Physical Activity
  • Recess
    • Rescuing Recess
    • Recess Before Lunch
secondary physical activity
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
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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
success stories
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
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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.
contact information
Contact Information

Lisa Perry

National PE/PA Manager

PO Box 413

Kremmling, CO 80459

970-724-0088 office