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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.

Learning 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