Because children spend much of their time at school, the school setting can play a critical role in helping children lead active, healthy lives. Recess, physical education classes, in-class activity breaks, after-school programs, and walking or biking to and from school all have the potential to get kids moving. Children who are more active or more physically fit also tend to do better academically, behave better in class and miss fewer days of school. Unfortunately, many schools do not offer enough opportunities for children to be active and their policies do not align with national recommendations for physical activity.
This PowerPoint slide set contains charts, graphs, and other figures showing key research findings on the school environment and walking and biking (“active transportation”) to school. You are free to use these slides in your own presentations. These slides are updated periodically so be sure to check back for new information. Contact ALR with questions.