Physical Activity in School

Good for kids! Good for families! Good for schools!

Physical activity supports students' social, emotional, academic and physical well being. Schools have a rich opportunity to help kids get the recommended 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity and develop successful students as a result. 

Schools across the nation are creating their own Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) to add more physical activity to the school day. This is good for child health while it improves learning behaviors and academic performance. This is accomplished through five strategies:

  1. Physical Education
  2. Before and after school programming
  3. In school such as during recess and in the classroom ("brain boosters" and active lessons)
  4. School staff engagement (stretch breaks at meetings, teachers leading active classroom brain breaks)
  5. Family and community engagement (active back-to-school nights, promoting physical activities families can do together)

The Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition encourages educators, parents and community organizations to help children and youth meet or exceed the national recommendation to be moderately to vigorously physically active for 60 minutes or more per day.