Solutions: Physical Activity Opportunities Outside of Physical Education

March 8, 2010

A Healthy Kids Challenge view of school physical activity opportunities outside of physical education standards when it comes to wellness…and one of our simple, every day, evidence-based solutions. 

What Schools Tell Us: 

We are crunched for time getting our curriculum covered, how do we incorporate physical activity too? 

Research Confirms:

Based on the Bridging the Gap research program, fewer than 40 percent of all students were enrolled in a district with a strong policy that required physical activity opportunities to be provided outside of physical education for every grade level. Greater emphasis is needed.

Solutions:
In the classroom, taking a “stretch break” after a curriculum lesson or having kids stand to answer questions adds movement to their day. See the HKC best practice idea below for added classroom physical activity!

The HKC best practice, Crazy State Jump, shows a fun way to incorporate physical activity into a lesson plan. On a large map of the United States, kids jump to different states when the state names are called out.

Putting Classroom Physical Activity into Action = Best Practice 

Let us know what you do to add physical activity in your classroom!

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