Physical activity strengthens concentration and overall performance
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPARK Wellness for Staff
This leading research-based organization offers a wealth of health resources for children, adolescents, and adults. Learn about their health promotion program for school staff.