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Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Enhancing Student Health and Academic Performance

Originally presented on March 20, 2014

Aaron Beighle, PhD
Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky College of Education

Tom Winiecki, MS, Ed.
Physical Education; Mott Road Elementary School 

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes physical and mental health. National physical activity guidelines recommend that youth ages 6 to 17 accumulate at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. The Institute of Medicine recommends that schools can provide at least half of that time during the school day. A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the national recommendations for physical activity, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. Presenters will discuss how schools can develop, implement, and evaluate CSPAP, and how one New York school district has successfully implemented components of a CSPAP.

Program Objectives 
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits and recommendations for physical activity in youth
  • Describe the five components of a CSPAP
  • Discuss benefits to school districts and the school community of implementing CSPAP

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing education credits will be available until February 2016.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.