Much has been said of late about the importance of physical activity during the school day as being key to supporting academic performance in students. In May, the Institute of Medicine issued a report calling upon the nation’s schools to boost their efforts to get students moving.
Walk Bike to School Day has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation among thousands of schools – each October. A movement for movement! One we can all get behind. So start gearing up now for a trek that begins in your neighborhood on Oct. 8.
A movement is afoot to provide teachers with the professional development and resources they need to integrate physical activity into the hours before, during and after school. Meet Normandie Nigh, an activist who knows how to make every step count.
Dialogue on playground design has been going on for decades. And while the larger trend in the U.S. has been toward durability and safety, all along there’s been an undercurrent advocating challenge and greater risk-taking opportunities, particularly in Europe, where laws limit liability.
Kaiser Permanente and the National Basketball Association wrapped up a series of 14 NBA FIT clinics held this year, with three Southern California schools holding events in late September. The clinics are an integral part of Kaiser Permanente’s groundbreaking partnership with the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League.
This year’s Spring Activity Challenge just wrapped up and the results are in. Several schools are walking away with cash prizes that will put them on the path to even greater success, helping them build school environments that strengthen and support opportunities for more physical activity.
Today is Walk to School Day, and thousands of kids from across the country are walking to school with their families and neighbors. This is a cause for celebration, but Walk to School Day is only the first step toward a healthier future. To bring about lasting change, we need to keep the momentum going year-round and make sure that kids are getting at least an hour of physical activity everyday.
Active students are healthy students. That’s why Fire Up Your Feet is once again recognizing schools across the country for their efforts to improve the health and physical activity of students, families and school staff. More than 480 schools and communities participated in the program’s fall 2016 challenge. They walked and ran, biked and jogged, and played soccer and basketball. Along the way, they gained a sense of accomplishment and had fun.
Physical activity was once hardwired into most children’s daily lives. They walked to and from school, ran at recess, and played outside for hours before dinner. But today, most kids lead more sedentary lives, and fewer than half get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Use the resources and tools in this infographic to get kids moving — both during and after the school day.
"A student who has daily physical activity will have a better chance at academic success,” said Georgia physical education teacher Teresa Wheeler. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Learn to play, play to learn.’”