CDC Overweight and Obesity (Nutrition and Physical Activity) - September 20, 2011
CDC Overweight and Obesity (Nutrition and Physical Activity) Update
Team Up During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month To Improve Physical Activity in Schools
September 20, 2011
Did you know that being physically active is good for students’ health and academic performance? Studies have shown that school-based physical activity can help improve academic performance, such as grades, test scores and better concentration and attention in the classroom.
Youth ages 6 -17 need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Most of the 60 minutes should be moderate or vigorous intensity, such as playing basketball, jumping rope, dancing, playing tag, walking, and running.
Parents, teachers, school principals and other school staff can team up to improve physical activity in schools in a variety of ways:
Join a school health council, if one exists. If none exist, begin by working with the superintendent or principal to create a health council at the school or district level.
Assess your school’s physical activity policies and practices through the School Health Index, an assessment and planning tool. Schools also can use this tool to improve physical activity policies and practices.