Physical Activity Resources
Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions. Schools are in a unique position to help children and adolescents get the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally-recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. A CSPAP reflects strong coordination and synergy across all of the components: quality physical education as the foundation, physical activity before, during, and after school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement.
USDA My Plate Physical Activity Basics Being physically active can improve your health — today, tomorrow, and in the future. However, most people do not do enough physical activity. People of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more you do, the greater the health benefits and the better you’ll feel.
Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions—physical education teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.
CDC- Physical Activity for Everyone Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It’s easier than you think!
Designed to Move Designed to Move is a framework for action. It’s meant for the “changemakers”—people, companies, institutions, and governments with the resources to turn this situation around. Enrolling kids in physical activity programs that are fun, inclusive, educational, and appropriate for their age and skill level, helps ensure early positive exposure to physical activity and increases their likelihood of staying active throughout their life.
Nutrition.Gov Physical Activity Resources Find information and resources related to physical activity and weight management.
Arizona Department of Health Services, Healthy Living-Physical Activity The goal of the Arizona Physical Activity Program is to promote moderate daily physical activity in order to prevent and control chronic disease morbidity and mortality. Physical activity is a healthy practice that strengthens muscles and bones, improves the pumping ability of the heart, boosts the immune system, and strengthens nearly every other system of the body. Physical activity may include brisk walking, running, playing basketball, and even activities like pushing a stroller, housecleaning, and gardening.
CDC- Recess in Schools Recess is a regularly scheduled period in the school day for physical activity and play that is monitored by trained staff or volunteers. During recess, students are encouraged to be physically active and engaged with their peers in activities of their choice, at all grade levels, kindergarten through 12thgrade.
SHAPE America Strategies for Recess in Schools The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America have developed new guidance documents that provide schools with 19 evidence-based strategies for recess, as well as a planning guide and template to help develop a written recess plan that integrates these strategies. Provided daily, along with effective health and physical education classes, recess supports SHAPE America’s 50 Million Strong commitment to empower all kids to lead active and healthy lives.
Action for Healthy Kids Recess is a time for children to release energy and reduce stress which also may improve attention and reduce disruptive behavior in the classroom. Elementary schools should incorporate a minimum of 20 minutes per day of recess for all grades and 30 minutes for the primary grades. Action for Healthy Kids provides steps to review to incorporate active recess at your school.
Classroom Physical Activity Resources
GoNoodle GoNoodle is a free online program that helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive video activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day. GoNoodle is designed with K-5 classrooms in mind.
Brain Breaks Brain Breaks® is a dynamic online platform designed for teachers to support Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WCWCC) and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Great for before school, during school, and after school hours, these 3-5 minute web-based games, videos, and resource links provide focused educational “shorts” to teach, raise awareness, and inspire kids to take action in creating a better world for themselves and others.
CDC Classroom Physical Activity Classroom physical activity includes physical activity (e.g., stretching, jumping, dancing) performed in the classroom. It includes integrating physical activity into academic classroom instruction as well as providing breaks from instruction specifically designed for physical activity. Classroom physical activity can take place at any time during the school day, last 5–15 minutes, and occur in one or several sessions throughout the school day.
Action for Healthy Kids Classroom teachers can integrate movement-based activities to energize a group after lunch or to relax and calm a class before a test, after lunch or at the end of the day. There are many names for physical activity breaks such as brain breaks, energizers, and brain boosters. Regardless of what you call it, the goal is simple! Get kids out of their seat and physically active throughout the school day. And don’t forget to have fun, too!
For more information regarding physical activity, including recess and classroom opportunities, please contact:
Physical Education/Physical Activity Specialist
(602) 542-8713 [email protected]