Children who are physically active and fit tend to perform better in the classroom, but many schools allow little to no time for students to be active, due to a lack of resources, personnel, or time in the day. Policies that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the school day can help increase physical activity, elevate physical fitness levels, and improve academic performance and classroom behavior among students. This Web Forum will provide evidence for the importance of physical activity in the school setting, and offer ideas and strategies to get kids moving during the school day.
Specifically, this forum will:
- Define quality physical education and physical activity.
- Draw relationships and summarize findings between physical activity and academic achievement.
- Address the challenges of implementing activity programs in schools.
- Offer recommendations to prioritize schooltime activity on a local level.
- Darla M. Castelli, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
- Abigail Gamble, MS, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
- Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, ScD, MPH, San Francisco State University
- Moderator: Amanda Wilson, MSRS, Active Living Research