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Regular physical activity during the school day is a vital component of school health promotion efforts for adults as well as children and youth. The World Health Organization recommends that “adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.”

School teachers and staff need opportunities for exercise, stretching, and vigorous movement. Encourage your school community to stay active by making physical activity a priority. By finding creative ways to integrate physical activity into the school day, exercise becomes part of the daily routine for everyone in the school community.

Benefits of
Physical Activity

Research shows that regular physical activity is good for your health and leads to these benefits.

  • Reduced risk of developing obesity and related chronic diseases
  • Improved circulatory system
  • Reduced stress and greater mental health
  • Better sleep
  • Improving strength and endurance
  • Healthier bones and muscles

Physical Activity

Healthy Schools Program

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program helps schools create healthier environments that promote physical activity and healthy eating. Enrollment is free and gives members access to resources, trainings, and technical assistance.

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School Wellness Champion Start-Up Kit

Start something healthy for staff and teachers in your school with this easy toolkit of easy-to-implement ideas.

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Walking for Workforce Health

Making your workspace environment more walk-friendly is fun and easy with the resources in this toolkit that promote the benefits of walking and provide step-by-step instructions on how to develop and implement a comprehensive walking program.

Explore the Walking for Workforce Health Toolkit

School Employee Wellness Webinars

Learn how to take school employee wellness to the next level with our School Employee Wellness Webinar Series. Learn best practices and hear new ideas from national experts and local school district champions.

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