Staff involvement means school staff and out-of-school time program leaders are physically active with students, provide opportunities for students to be active, and engage in activities in the school that support physical activity.1–3 School staff can be positive role models for students by being physically active in and out of school.1–3 Staff members can support recess, clubs, intramural programs, and other physical activity offerings.2,3 School staff also can be involved in school employee wellness programs, which help improve staff health and increase physical activity levels.1,3
Staff involvement in physical activity benefits students by encouraging students to be physically active before, during, and after the school day.
Involve School Staff in Promoting Physical Activity pdf icon[PDF – 324 KB]—This data brief defines staff involvement in physical activity, provides a snapshot of current staff involvement practices to support physical activity in the United States, and highlights ways to improve staff involvement in physical activity through national guidance and practical strategies and resources.
- CDC Ideas for Parents: Staff Involvement pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellnesspdf iconexternal icon
- CDC Tips for Teachers—Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in the Classroom pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB]
- Kaiser’s Thriving Schools: School Employee Wellness Resource Pageexternal icon
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. School health guidelines to promote healthy eating and physical activity. MMWR. 2011;60(RR05):1–76.
- Institute of Medicine. Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2013.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Guide for Developing Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2013.