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Strategy Profiles: Promoting Physical Activity in Schools

The information in these resources is intended only to provide educational information. These profiles describe the estimated benefits, activities, resources, and leadership needed to implement strategies to improve child health in schools. This information can be useful for planning and prioritization purposes.

Strategy Profile: Active Physical Education (Active PE)
Active PE is a policy that requires that 50% of time provided in physical education classes for grades K-8 be spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Physical education teachers are trained to promote physical activity during PE classes using the SPARK or CATCH curricula.

Strategy Profile: Active Recess
Active Recess is a program to increase physical activity during elementary school recess with structured activities, playground markings, and/or portable play equipment. This program is implemented in elementary schools to promote physical activity during recess.

Strategy Profile: Active School Day
Policy requiring schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in physical activity during the school day for at least 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week.

Strategy Profile: Movement Breaks in the Classroom
Movement Breaks in the Classroom is a strategy to promote physical activity during the school day by incorporating five-to-10-minute movement breaks in K-5 public elementary school classrooms.

Strategy Profile: Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School is a program that supports the use of physically active modes of transportation to and from school, and aims to help children in grades K-8 safely walk and bicycle to school through infrastructure improvements, education, enforcement, and promotional activities.

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